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Urban-Wildland Fires: On the Ignition of Surfaces by Embers,” Combustion Institute/Western States, Central States and Eastern States. S. Sections. Hosted by The Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute and Drexel University. E3 - Fire research III/Paper E12. March 20-23, 2005, Philadelphia, PA, 1-6 pp, 2005. 37 toxicity that will allow for more accurate predictions of the toxic affects of fire gases on humans. Control of the pyrolysis and combustion toxicity of materials reduces the threat from one of the major contributors to the death of humans from fire.
Also, advancements in computing and data analysis will likely open the way for the development of future fire test methods. 76 Grosshandler, William (Editor); Hamins, Anthony and McGrattan, Kevin; “Advanced Fire Measurement and Predictive Methods,” Workshop on Fire Testing Measurement Needs: Proceedings, NISTIR 6774, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, August 2001. 77 American Society for Testing and Materials, “E1591-07, Standard Guide for Obtaining Data for Deterministic Fire Models,” ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007.
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.