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Program of Fire Research,” Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association, Vol. 52, No. 3, Boston, MA, January 1959. , “Heat Release Rate of Building Materials,” STP502, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA, 1971. J. , “Development of a Heat Release Rate Calorimeter at NBS,” STP502, American Society for Testing and Materials, Philadelphia, PA, 1971. 28 Third Revolution in Fire Testing – Computer Data Collection/Analysis Tools The third revolution in fire testing (measurement technology) occurred in the last half of the twentieth century with the development of affordable desktop digital computers, data logging, computer aided data analysis, and scientifically based predictive models.

It will end gracefully as science and engineering develop uniquely crafted materials that will not burn. However, there may still be a need for some materials that have a combustible nature. With these materials the understanding of their properties, which would have come from fire testing, will come through rationalization by the intelligent machines that create the materials. These intelligent machines, when asked, will provide a detailed assessment of how the materials will ignite before they are instantly extinguished by interactions with miniature protective elements within the materials or by other materials that sense combustion and have the capability to independently initiate a fire suppression process.

Further Development of a Test Method for the Assessment of the Acute Inhalation Toxicity of Combustion Products,” NBSIR 82-2532, National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD, June 1982. ASTM E 1678-02. 57 Thompson, Norman J. and Cousins, E. , “The FM Construction Materials Calorimeter” Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association, Vol. 52, No. 3, Boston, MA, January 1959. ”58 These two efforts helped to raise the status of heat release rate calorimetry to a high level of importance.

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