The Fire Protection Research Foundation has been asked by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to assist in the development of a prioritized research agenda for work in their new structural fire resistance testing facility, part of the Engineering Research Laboratory (BFRL). The laboratory, with its unique capability to test large scale structural elements, systems and their connections in the fire condition, is scheduled for completion in 2012. The agenda is designed to accelerate the implementation of performance-based fire engineering for structures post 9/11, and is based on the needs and priorities identified by stakeholders in structural fire safety. Over the past year, this information has been gathered and assembled by the Foundation. General topics include:
- Validation of models, which predict structural behavior in fire
- New construction system types, or types that are not well represented by the standard fire test
- New construction materials, which result in structural failure mechanisms which are different than those which serve as the basis for calculation
- Validation of full scale connection behavior
NIST and the Foundation are hosting a workshop on Sept. 8 for industry leaders at NIST’s Engineering Laboratory in Gaithersburg, MD, to review and further develop this information, and create a prioritized national agenda. A full report of the workshop and agenda will be posted on the Foundation and NIST web sites.