Furnace Testing of Full-Scale Gypsum Steel Stud Non-Load Bearing Wall Assemblies: Results of Multi-Laboratory Testing in Canada, Japan and USA.
Furnace Testing of Full-Scale Gypsum Steel Stud Non-Load
Bearing Wall Assemblies: Results of Multi-Laboratory
Testing in Canada, Japan and USA.
Manzello, S. L.; Grosshandler, W. L.; Mizukami, T.
Session 8: Poster Session;
Structures in Fire (SiF'08), 5th International
Conference. Proceedings. Session 8: Poster Session.
May 28-30, 2008, Singapore, 687-698 pp, 2008.
walls; gypsum board; steels; wall assemblies; large
scale fire tests; furnaces; structural elements; ASTM E
119-00; test facilities; failure; fire resistance
testing; thermal conductiity; temperature;
The present paper discusses the results of a multiple
laboratory test program aimed at determining the
consistency of large scale furnace testing. The North
American Fire Testing Laboratories Consortium (NAFTL)
organized a multiple laboratory test program for ASTM
E119-00 using a common structural element: a 1-h rated
gypsum/steel-stud non-load bearing wall assembly. Walls
were tested by six different organizations employing ten
different furnace facilities following the guidance
provided in ASTM E119-00. In addition to NAFTL members
conducting the tests, the program was expanded to
include four testing laboratories in Japan; the Center
for Better Living served as the organizer for the
Japanese testing. Results obtained from these
experiments are discussed.