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Stored Thermal Energy Test Method

for Evaluation of Fire Fighter PPE - FY10

NOTE: This page is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

Current Information can be found at: New Sensor Technology Development and Integration for ESLI - FY11

Objective

  • 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 ASTM Standard: F2731-2010, Test Method For Measuring the Transmitted and Stored Energy of Firefighter Protective Clothing Systems
  • NFPA 1971, Standard on Protective Ensemble for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting, 2007 Edition

Key Partners

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

Stakeholders

  • Fire Fighters
  • Manufacturers
  • Test Laboratories
Logos of Key Partners

Project Scope


  • Develop stored thermal energy test method and 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

Milestones

  • Q1 Participate in ASTM Task Group Meeting and complete Public Comments to NFPA 1971 for recommended method and criteria
  • Q2 Support ballot during ASTM F23 Meeting and Facilitate testing set-up at an outside lab
  • Q3 Provide update at NFPA Meeting and continue testing at additional laboratories
  • Q4 Complete Public Comments to NFPA 1971 for finalizing criteria

Outputs

  • Presentations at standards meetings (12) and conferences (5)
  • NFPA Public Comments, with recommended test methods and criteria for the NFPA 1971 Standard
  • Peer reviewed journal articles
  • Final Report to NFPA Foundation and final overall report

Outcomes

  • New ASTM Standard: F2731-2010, Test Method For Measuring the Transmitted and Stored Energy of Firefighter Protective Clothing Systems - Completed 02/2010
  • Incorporated into NFPA Standards
Page last updated: April 5, 2010
Page last reviewed: April 5, 2010
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory