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Furnace Testing of Full-Scale Gypsum Steel Stud Non-Load Bearing Wall Assemblies: Results of Multi-Laboratory Testing in Canada, Japan and USA.


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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.

Keywords:

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; specifications; thermocouples

Abstract:

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.