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Stored Thermal Energy Test Method for Evaluation of Fire Fighter PPE - FY08


  • To develop and validate a stored thermal energy test method to simulate low intensity exposures for evaluating ensemble propensity to prevent stored thermal energy burns
Firefighter Ensemble, stored thermal energy burns, and fabric testing equipment

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F23 Work Item - WK14247
  • NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting

Key Partners

  • N.C. State University
  • NIST
  • NFPA Research Foundation
  • ASTM International
  • UL



  • Fire Fighters
  • Manufacturers
  • Test Laboratories

Project Scope

  • To manage variability studies between test laboratories (NCSU and NIST) using the previously developed stored energy test apparatus
  • To assist in the completion of the ASTM standard within the F23 Committee on Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • To provide recommended application and criteria to NFPA 1971 TC


  • Completion of phase one testing - Q2
  • Select composites for phase two and complete testing - Q3
  • Presentation at 2008 NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas, NV - Q3
  • Completion and delivery of final report to NFPA Foundation - Q4


  • Validation and reduction in the variability of the proposed method
  • Development of recommended test method application and criteria
  • NFPA Public Comments, recommending incorporation of the method and criteria into the NFPA 1971 Standard
  • Dissemination of project outcomes through presentations and at least one peer reviewed journal article
  • Final Report to NFPA Foundation


  • Completed ASTM Test Method entitled "Standard Test Method for Measuring the Transmitted and Stored Energy of Firefighter Protective Clothing Material Systems"
Page last updated: August 08, 2008
Page last reviewed: August 08, 2008
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)