Full-scale compartment fire test

On Tuesday 19 May 2015, at the Premises of the Greek Fire Academy, a full-scale compartment fire test was performed in aiming to investigate the effect of fire exiting from an opening in the exterior building façade.
The experiment is conducted as part of research activities of the Laboratory of Heterogeneous Mixtures and Combustion Systems, within two research projects funded by national and European resources:

  1. Research program “FIRE-FACTS: Basic and Applied Research at multiple scales Fires in apartments” Action Excellence, Operational Programme “Education and Lifelong Learning”, National Strategic Reference Framework, NSRF 2007-2013.
  2. Research program “ELISSA: Energy Efficient Lightweight-Sustainable-Safe-Steel Construction”, 7th Framework Program, Theme EeB.NMP.2013-1 “Nanotechnology for multifunctional lightweight construction materials and components”.

The results obtained allow supporting the characterization of the temperature environment adjacent to the façade wall. The obtained extensive set of experimental data can be used to validate CFD fire models and to evaluate the accuracy of available fire design correlations.
Special thanks to all members of the HMCS Laboratory for their support, valuable assistance and encouragement during the performance of the test.