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Standards Making Committee on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures
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standards MAKING COMMITTEE ON CALCULATING Fire Exposures to Structures

Mission

To develop a standard on methods that determine the fire exposure to a structure as part of a performance-based design for structural fire resistance.


Current Activity

The committee is currently has four working groups:

  • Database: Review the existing database of test results to identify any tests that should be removed from the database based upon data quality (e.g. where gas temperature is a poor representation of the heating of the structure). Review SFPE Standard 2 representation of the heat transfer boundary condition and consider if any change in the database should be undertaken. Review what new data can be identified and added to the database.
  • Risk: Identify how the standard should represent uncertainties in predictions to best integrate with other standards to form a   probabilistic, risk-based structural fire engineering methodology.
  • Traveling Fires: Review available methods for the analysis of traveling fires to identify methods that should be considered. Identify the available data for thermal exposures by traveling fires with the idea of creating a database of test results that can be used to evaluate traveling fire methodologies. Identify gaps in the available data to motivate laboratories to collect needed data. Identify conditions in which traveling fires are expected. This would allow identification of limits on the use of compartment fire methodologies that do not include traveling fires.
  • Local Fire Exposure: Review and consider expanding local fire exposure to include a wider range of conditions. Review available data in consideration of developing a database of results for method comparison. Review the current incident heat flux representation of the potential for heating the structure and seek to bring into line with the SFPE Standard 2 representation of the heat transfer boundary condition.

Meeting Reports from Previous Committee Meetings

Completed Products

SFPE Engineering Standard on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures (SFPE S.01 2011). Available in the SFPE online store.

 

Errata to the SFPE Engineering Standard on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures [PDF]

 

Evaluation of Enclosure Temperature Empirical Models [PDF]

 

Committee Members

Name
Employer
Interest Represented
Country
Craig Beyler (chair)
JENSEN HUGHES
Specialist USA
Frarid Alfawakhiri
AISI Producer USA
Hosam Ali
FM Global
Insurance USA
Vyto Babrauskas
Fire Science & Technology
Specialist USA
Jonathan R. Barnett
RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd
Design Engineer
Australia
Charles Fleischmann
University of Canterbury
Specialist New Zealand
Jeff Halpert
Glendale Fire Department
 Enforcement Official
USA
Craig Hofmeister
The Fire Consultants
Design Engineer
USA
Venkatesh Kodur
Michigan State
Research & Testing
USA
Kevin LaMalva
SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER
Design Engineer
USA
Barbara Lane
ARUP Design Engineer
UK
Jason Smart
American Wood Council
Producer
USA
William Bernie Till
AECOM Facility Owner
USA
Ulf Wickström
Luleå University Research & Testing
Sweden
Jonathan Weigand
NIST Research & Testing
USA
Alternates
     
Sean Hunt
JENSEN HUGHES
Alternate to Craig Beyler
USA
Panos Kostsvinos
ARUP
Alternate to Barbara Lane
 UK
Ineke Van Zeeland
Canadian Wood Council
Alternate to Jason Smart
Canada
 Colleen Wade
BRANZ Alternate to Charles Fleischmann
New Zealand


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