Fire Database Available from NIST

January 20, 2021 — Fire models may be used for a variety of reasons, such as fire-protection system design and in forensic studies to investigate the cause and timeline of a fire. To that end, the NIST National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) recently released the Fire Calorimetry Database (FCD).

According to NIST NFRL lead Matthew Bundy, this "living database of real-scale fire experiments" compiles the details of experiments "ranging in scale from small single items to fully furnished rooms." Within the details of each experiment, users will find full details about methodology and uncertainty, the fire heat release rate of each experiment, and other fire properties such as the generation of soot particles and carbon monoxide gas. The experiments can be viewed in a time-compressed high-resolution video tagged with data and time stamps.

"We hope this media-rich database will allow users to gain insight beyond what they may find reading a traditional publication," wrote Bundy in a recent blog post on the NIST website. "We anticipate that the FCD will be used by practicing engineers and researchers to better understand and control fires; however I am curious what other audiences will find and use this resource. I would love to see examples in which data from the FCD are bing used for education, training, or some other benefit to society."

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