Durable Agents for Exposure Protection in Wildland/Urban Interface Conflagrations. Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake Survey.
Durable Agents for Exposure Protection in Wildland/Urban
Interface Conflagrations. Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake
Madrzykowski, D.; Roadarmel, G. L.; DeLauter, L. A.
NISTIR 6030; June 1997.
U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural
Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 13th Joint
Panel Meeting. Volume 2. March 13-20, 1996,
Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A., Editor(s), 345-350 pp,
Order number: PB97-184204
fire safety; fire research; wildland fires; compressed
air foam; water; gelling agents; experiments; ignition;
fire spread; urban/wildland interface; siding
The objective of this study was to investigate the
capability of "durable agents" to protect building
exterior materials from ignition. The "durable agents"
used in this study included: a protein-based,
compressed air foam, and two different water thickners,
also known as gelling agents. Two exterior wall
sections forming a corner were pre-treated with a
"durable agent" and exposed to a 50 kW fire for 10
minutes. Flame extension on the exterior siding was
recorded during the tests. This study demonstrated that
durable agents applied to combustible exterior siding
reduce the likelihood of ignition and flame spread.