FPL Facility for Evaluating Strength-Performance of Walls Exposed to Fire.
Forest Service research paper,
FORD MOTOR CO CHICAGO ILL
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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
- Safety Engineering
- Structural Engineering and Building Technology