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Programs and Projects
Ember Exposure Characterization in WUI Fires Project

The Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) is defined as the location where structures and communities meet or intermingle with undeveloped wildland. In … more

Fire Risk Reduction in Communities Program

To develop and deploy advances in measurement science to improve the resilience of communities and structures to unwanted fires through innovative … more

Fire Risk Reduction in Buildings Program

To develop and apply advances in fire and structure-fire measurement capabilities and behavior predictive computational tools, standardized fire … more

Residential Fire Safety Innovation Project

Residential fire losses substantially dominate the total fire losses in the U.S. accounting for 83 % of the 2855 deaths, 78 % or the 16500 … more

Reduced Flammability of Upholstered Furniture Project

The long term vision for this project is to enable the prediction of the burning behavior of residential upholstered furniture (RUF) based on the … more

Performance-Based Design Methodologies for Structures in Fire Project

This project will develop and implement performace-based tools, methodology, guidance, and draft standards for designing and evaluating structures … more

Cone Calorimeter

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the fire community was pushing for reliable bench-scale tools to measure material flammability based on heat … more

The National Fire Research Laboratory

The National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) is adding a unique facility that will serve as a center of excellence for fireperformance of … more

Fire Emulator/Detector Evaluator

The fire emulator/detector evaluator (FE/DE) is a computer-controlled flow tunnel used to re-create the environments surrounding detectors in the … more

Radiative Gasification Apparatus

This apparatus, developed at EL, determines gasification rate (mass loss rate) of a horizontally oriented specimen exposed in a nitrogen … more

Lateral Ignition and Flame Spread Apparatus

This apparatus, developed at EL, determines material properties related to piloted ignition of a vertically oriented sample under constant and … more

Software: CFAST

The Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport, CFAST, is a computer program that fire investigators, safety officials, engineers, architects … more

Software: FDS and Smokeview

  Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of fire-driven fluid flow. The software solves numerically a form of … more


Building stakeholders need practical metrics, data, and tools to support decisions related to sustainable building designs, technologies, … more

Software: Sprinkler Use Decisioning

Sprinkler Use Decisioning is a Web-tool designed to facilitate economic analysis of residential fire sprinklers at the homeowner-and … more

Software: ToGS

Turnout Gear Selector (ToGS) helps the manufacturers, purchasers and users of fire turnout gear evaluate and select the turnout coat and pants … more

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