By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Building and Fire Research
A panel of specialists appointed through the nationwide examine Council assessed the clinical and technical paintings of the development and hearth learn Laboratory (BFRL) of the nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST). The scope of the evaluation integrated the next standards equivalent to: the technical advantage of the present laboratory courses relative to the present cutting-edge world wide; the adequacy of the laboratory amenities, gear, and human assets, as they impact the standard of the laboratory technical courses; and, the measure to which the laboratory courses in size technological know-how and criteria in achieving their acknowledged goals and wanted effect. The e-book unearths that, total the technical advantage of the courses reviewed in the BFRL is especially excessive and customarily at a state of the art level.The courses have transparent ties to the general BFRL Strategic precedence components and are good aligned with the challenge of NIST, that is to advertise U.S. innovation and business competitiveness via advancing dimension technology, criteria, and know-how in ways in which increase monetary safety and increase our caliber of existence.
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There is an excellent balance of researchers, and there are plans to fill two current vacancies in the Fire Research Division. The technical staff is the lifeblood of NIST. The staff members were articulate and, on the whole, knowledgeable of the technical areas. The staff appeared technically strong. However, the level of stature of the technical staff in the field was not clear. Publications alone do not indicate the leadership of the staff. Collaborations, which are occurring, also do not paint a complete picture.
CONCLUSIONS The programs in the Strategic Priority Area of Disaster Resilient Structures and Communities (Hurricanes and Earthquakes) are in general successful with respect to the criteria employed for this assessment. The technical merit of the programs reviewed was consistent with state-of-the-art standards and had a sound tie to the overall BFRL Strategic Priority Areas and a strong tie to codes and standards development. Some progress is needed in the area of data integrity (with regard to the quality of test data and calibrations) as more laboratory work is outsourced.
This effort will enable the easy comparison of historical data and ensure continuity of standardized measurement methods. ACHIEVEMENT OF OBJECTIVES AND IMPACT The accelerated weathering testing and modeling have been highly successful and appear to have met the project’s goals and objectives to date, with the remaining goal being the adoption by end users and the availability of the capability in an independent laboratory. The development of a vertical flammability test for flexible polyurethane foams using the cone calorimeter could lead to bench-scale screening tools that will accelerate discovery and time to commercialization.