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Stored Thermal Energy Test Method

for Evaluation of Fire Fighter PPE - FY12

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, 2012 Proposed 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
  • Provide recommended application and criteria to NFPA 1971 TC

Milestones

  • Q1 Complete interlaboratory study and final report from NCSU
  • Q3 Obtain STE apparatus from NCSU for installation in Morgantown
  • Q4 Project is complete

Outputs

  • Presentations at standards meetings (12) and conferences (5) Completed
  • NFPA Public Proposals and Comments, with recommended test methods and criteria for the NFPA 1971 Standard - Completed
  • Journal articles in Fire Technology, Fire Engineering, Textile World and the ASTM Protective Clothing and Equipment STP - Completed
  • Final Report NFPA Foundation and NCSU - Completed

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 2012 Draft of NFPA 1971 Completed 04/2011
Page last updated: April 17, 2012
Page last reviewed: April 17, 2012
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory