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    Author(s): R. H. White
    Date: 1990
    Source: Wood design focus. Vol. 1, no. 2 (summer 1990):p. 5-7.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    Fire endurance research activities and facilities at the FPL concern the ability of a wood member or assembly to withstand the effects of fire while acting as a fire barrier and supporting a load. Fire endurance is generally concerned with the post-flashover portion of the fire. The importance of fire endurance in fire safety is reflected in building code requirements for fire resistance ratings (1 hour, 2 hours, etc...) for building elements. The FPL fire endurance research program is oriented largely toward supporting: (1) the increased use of wood in commercial and multifamily buildings where fire rated assemblies are required by building codes; and (2) the use of new structural wood components. Experience has shown that new wood engineering technologies can conflict with current levels of fire safety.

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    White, R. H. 1990. Fire endurance research at the Forest Products Laboratory. Wood design focus. Vol. 1, no. 2 (summer 1990):p. 5-7.


    Wood products, Fire resistance, Research projects, Buildings, Apparatus, Building codes

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