Report of Experimental Results for the International Fire Model Benchmarking and Validation Exercise #3 (NUREG/CR-6905)

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Manuscript Completed: November 2003
Date Published: May 2006

Prepared by:
A. Hamins, A. Maranghides, R. Johnsson, M. Donnelly,
J. Yang, G. Mulholland, R.L. Anleitner

National Institute of Standards and Technology
Building and Fire Research Laboratory
100 Bureau Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20869

J. Dreisbach, NRC Project Manager

Prepared for:
Division of Risk Assessment and Special Projects
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC Job Code Y6688

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST) are participating in an International Collaborative Fire Model Project (ICFMP) to assess and validate fire computer codes for nuclear power plant applications. This assessment is being conducted through a series of benchmarking and validation exercises. The goal of the present study is to provide data from a large-scale fire test series of a simulated nuclear power plant compartment conducted in summer 2003.

The experiments consisted of hydrocarbon spray fires varying from 350 kW to 2 MW in heat release rate, burning in a single compartment 7 m (23 ft) wide, 22 m (72 ft) long, and 4 m (13 ft) tall. The experimental results were composed of 15 tests with more than 370 channels of data per test.

This report includes a description of the measurement methods and experimental results for tests conducted as part of the International Fire Model Benchmarking and Validation Exercise #3. The experimental data are available electronically to accompany this report. The data can be used as a comparison with fire models as part of the international benchmark exercise.

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