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1. Evaluating Smoldering Behavior of Fire-Blocking Barrier Fabrics
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 1/29/2015
Authors: Shonali Nazare, William M Pitts, Szabolcs Matko, Rick D Davis
Abstract: This study reports on the smoldering propensity of commercially available barrier fabrics (BFs) in a small-scale upholstered seating mock-up configuration. Most commercially available BFs are smolder resistant when tested alone over a standard flexi ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=915961

2. Evaluating smoldering behavior of fire-blocking barrier fabrics
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Report Number: 1859
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 1/29/2015
Authors: Shonali Nazare, William M Pitts, Szabolcs Matko, Rick D Davis
Abstract: This study reports on the smoldering propensity of commercially available barrier fabrics (BFs) in a small-scale mock-up configuration. Most BFs are smolder resistant when tested alone over a standard flexible polyurethane foam (FPUF). However, w ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=917645

3. HVACR Editorial for IAQ 2013 Special Issue
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 1/23/2015
Authors: Hal Levin, Steven J Emmerich
Abstract: The papers in this issue were selected from presentations made at the ASHRAE IAQ 2013: Environmental Health in Low Energy Buildings conference held in Vancouver Canada in October 2013. The conference was held specifically to review the state of knowl ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=917460

4. Behavior of Unrestrained and Restrained Steel Columns Adjacent to Localized Fire
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 12/12/2014
Authors: Chao Zhang, John L Gross, Therese P McAllister, Guo-Qiang Li
Abstract: Steel columns may be exposed to thermal radiation from localized burning of a fire source nearby. Current structural fire design methods are based on uniform heating and, therefore, uniform temperature conditions, and no practicable methods are p ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=914242

5. High Resolution Imagery Collection for Post-Disaster Studies Utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 11/19/2014
Authors: Stuart M Adams, Marc L Levitan, Friedland J Carol
Abstract: This paper examines the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to capture imagery for use in post-disaster field studies at the neighborhood and individual building level. Applications of UASs in recent disasters as described in the literature are r ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=916257

6. Study of the Impact of Operation Distance of Outdoor Portable Generators under Different Weather Conditions
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 11/13/2014
Authors: Leon Wang, Steven J Emmerich, Cheng-Chun Lin
Abstract: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that up to half of non-fatal monoxide (CO) poisoning incidents during the hurricane seasons in 2004 and 2005 involved generators operated outdoors but within seven feet of the hom ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=910891

7. A Method of Determining Sphere Center to Center Distance Using Laser Trackers For Evaluating Laser Scanners.
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 11/11/2014
Authors: Prem Kumar Rachakonda, Balasubramanian Muralikrishnan, Vincent D Lee, Daniel S Sawyer, Steven David Phillips, John Palmateer
Abstract: The Dimensional Metrology Group (DMG) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is involved in the development of documentary standards for volumetric performance evaluation of laser scanners. Typical evaluation of these scanne ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=916458

8. Carbon Monoxide Exposure from Portable Generators
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 10/28/2014
Authors: Steven J Emmerich, Andrew Keith Persily, Liangzhu Wang
Abstract: Serious concerns exist about the hazard of acute residential carbon monoxide (CO) exposures from portable gasoline-powered generators, which can result in death or serious adverse health effects. As of April 23, 2013 and as shown in Figure 1, the U.S ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=916491

9. Development of a Test Method to Determine Carbon Monoxide Emission Rates from Portable Generators
Series: Technical Note (NIST TN)
Report Number: 1834
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 10/28/2014
Authors: Steven J Emmerich, Andrew Keith Persily
Abstract: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is considering developing a performance standard to address the hazard of acute residential carbon monoxide (CO) exposures from portable gasoline engine-powered generators that result in death ...
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=916137

10. Selected Laboratory and Measurement Practices and Procedures for Length Calibrations (2014 Ed)
Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Report Number: 8028
Topic: Building and Fire Research
Published: 10/22/2014
Authors: Jose Anibal Torres-Ferrer, Georgia L Harris
Abstract: This publication contains good measurement practices and standard operating procedures for length calibrations as performed in state weights and measures laboratories. It contains previously published materials from NIST Handbook 145 (1986).
http://www.nist.gov/manuscript-publication-search.cfm?pub_id=917404



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