Accession Number : AD0759369

Title :   FPL Facility for Evaluating Strength-Performance of Walls Exposed to Fire.

Descriptive Note : Forest Service research paper,

Corporate Author : FORD MOTOR CO CHICAGO ILL

Personal Author(s) : Boller,K. H.

Report Date : 1973

Pagination or Media Count : 7

Abstract : To simulate the design loads on wall panels of homes when one surface is exposed to fire, the Forest Products Laboratory facility used for 40 years to evaluate 10- by 10-foot panels was modified so that: (1) It would support a conventional 8-foot-high by 10-foot-wide wall panel of a home; (2) it would apply compressive, edgewise, vertical loads along the 10-foot edge; (3) the applied loads would be uniformly distributed by a hydraulic system of jacks; (4) the loads could be monitored by electronic load cells; and (5) the system would have a load capacity of 40,000 pounds. It was estimated that design loads on such a panel in a first-story wall of a two-story home would be 1,250 pounds per linear foot. The capacity of this facility exceeds the minimum requirements because it is intended to accommodate future considerations. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*WALLS, STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES), (*FIRE SAFETY, *BUILDINGS), LOADS(FORCES), TRANSDUCERS, DEFLECTION, MEASURING INSTRUMENTS, COMPRESSIVE PROPERTIES, TEST EQUIPMENT, CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, STRESSES, STRENGTH(PHYSIOLOGY)

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering
      Structural Engineering and Building Technology
      Mechanics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE