Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/79219
Title: Modelling of heat release rate in upholstered furniture fire
Authors: Zou, GW
Huo, Y
Chow, WK 
Chow, CL
Keywords: Heat release rate
Room fire
Upholstered furniture
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Source: Fire and materials, June 2018, v. 42, no. 4, p. 374-385 How to cite?
Journal: Fire and materials 
Abstract: Many fatal residential fires started from burning upholstered furniture, and so upholstered furniture fire has been studied rather extensively in developed countries. As many upholstered furniture were made in China, the hidden fire risk should be studied more. In this paper, full-scale experiments on the burning of upholstered furniture manufactured in China were conducted and analyzed. The oxygen consumption method was used to measure the heat release rate in a room calorimeter. An ignition source of a 20-kW gasoline pool fire of 0.2-m diameter was used to test square foam cushions and 4-seater sofas. A model of heat release rate predicting upholstered furniture fire in a room was developed on the basis of earlier Swedish works. Results were then used to justify the application of the Combustion Behaviour of Upholstered Furniture model to predict the heat release rate of furniture manufactured in China. The numerical values of key parameters in the model were determined. It is proposed to build up a database that can be used to model heat release rates upon burning furniture. Detailed procedures are illustrated in this paper.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/79219
ISSN: 0308-0501
EISSN: 1099-1018
DOI: 10.1002/fam.2502
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