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A History of Fire Testing by J. Randall Lawson

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Method for Measuring Smoke from Burning Materials,” Symposium on Fire Test Methods – Restraint & Smoke1966, ASTM STP 422, American Society for Testing and Materials, p. 166, 1967. 49 American Society for Testing and Materials, “E662, Standard Test Method for Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials,” ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2006. 50 American Society for Testing and Materials, “E1995 Standard Test Method for Measurement of Smoke Obscuration Using a Conical Radiant Source in a Single Closed Chamber, With the Test Specimen Oriented Horizontally,” ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2004 25 Figure 4 NBS Smoke Chamber (left) & Sketch of Toxicity Test Chamber (right).

Concurrently, William Parker a colleague of Huggett at NBS was busy putting the calorimetry concept into practice. , “The Relation of Oxygen to the Heat of Combustion of Organic Compounds,” Phil. Mag. 33, pp. 196-203, 1917. 64 Huggett, Clayton, “Oxygen Consumption Calorimetry,” Fall Technical Meeting on Chemical and Physical Processes in Combustion, Combustion Institute/Eastern States Section, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1978. L. , “New Concept for Rate of Heat Release Measurements by Oxygen Consumption,” The Combustion Institute/Eastern Section, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1978.

64 Huggett, Clayton, “Oxygen Consumption Calorimetry,” Fall Technical Meeting on Chemical and Physical Processes in Combustion, Combustion Institute/Eastern States Section, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1978. L. , “New Concept for Rate of Heat Release Measurements by Oxygen Consumption,” The Combustion Institute/Eastern Section, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1978. 66 American Society for Testing and Materials, “E1354-04, Standard Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter,” ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007.

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