Wildfire Demonstration Research on Planning IBHS Research Center

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The Insurance Institute for Security Business & Home (IBHS), the U.S. Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL), the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (DHS S & T) Directorate is conducting a demonstration of gunpowder research IBHS Research Center in Chester County, South Carolina on Thursday March 24 to perform.

Addition to wildfires, the first class, was cutting the IBHS Research Center developed to accurately simulate the storms of category 1, 2 and 3 hurricanes, other types of high winds, wind-driven rain and storms hail in a controlled environment. IBHS researchers studies scale tests one and two-story homes and commercial structures in the facilitys 21,000 square foot test chamber.

wildfire tests performed in the IBHS Research Center shows ways to protect property threatened by wildfire areas, said Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. Our research will help owners to control and minimize their risk (s) by identifying vulnerable areas in their structures and the development of methods to reduce vulnerability. Buildings more resistant to wildfires

previous field research shows that there is no direct contact with the flames, causing many buildings burned during wildfires. Rather, it is embers (firebrands) to ignite spot fires by vegetation and combustible waste which may ignite the exterior of a house and embers that are blown into buildings through gable vents, soffit vents and other openings leading to inflammation Create indoors. Extreme heat radiating from the Wildfire can preheat vegetation and building materials, coating materials damage and breaking windows. These effects may increase the likelihood that a home lights.

To study these effects and vulnerabilities, IBHS is., in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and the SRNL ember generation and features radiant heat panel in the IBHS Research Center

The development of working methods

The test is part of the U.S. DHS Home Design Wildfire ignition resistant (WIRHD), a program based on the science of the Savannah River National Laboratory was to provide developers and homeowners of the community the ability to recognize and understand the risks of fire from a forest fire nearby, this program IBHS scientists and engineers with Forest Service experts and SRNL scientists and engineers together to develop research programs wildfires positive.


Equipment capable of injecting

coals on wind energy in the test chamber big IBHS Research Center has developed. Conduit enables coals injected in wind flow over the 65-foot wide by 30 meter high wind field created by the 15 groups of axial fan blades. This system allows the researcher to reproduce ember storms typical of wildfire events, replicating cooperation through wind and wind turbulence characteristics occurring wildfires wind conditions and carried out the shine in the wind . These factors allow researchers IBHS much more accurate simulations of ember attacks on components, including attic vents and complex roof forms, and the nature of the environment produce strong winds associated with an ember attack during a wind-driven event forest fires.


A large radiant burner

(similar to the way the disc prescribed by the ASTM E1623), but on a larger scale, is currently available for use in research IBHS developed. This panel is attached to the radiation of heat from the components wildfire tested one and is in conjunction with the team for test generation in IBHS grilled WIRHD conditioning program be used.

“The ability of wildfire ignition test in real time with full-scale models provide important insights into the development of prevention techniques,” says Sam Foster, director of the U.S. station Station Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research. “RMRS is proud to be the home of the” go-to “Scientists and technical experts, the main actors are Ignition Assessment Model, which allowed for the prevention of future disasters in the wildland-urban interface fire in the development of the structure. ”

test and media event

Ember generation equipment will be in the large test chamber in a series of tests to evaluate the differences in the ignitability of several methods of construction, building materials, and show gardening materials.

All tests were videotaped for demo videos that generate clearly communicate key weaknesses wildfire ignition. Data will also be collected and used in the development of the power structure Assessment Model (SIAM), a tool that allows a virtual representation and analysis of the ignitability of homes, including the influence of the gardens and the neighborhood characteristics. SIAM allows evaluation of potential ignition current household and determine what steps are being taken to reduce the risk of ignition of a wildfire.

Structure Ignition Assessment Model (SIAM), the first responders, extension and preparedness planners is possible thanks to a tool that can interact with people at risk of wildfire in a new way. The tool also allows the homeowner to work with the first response, the ability to create a virtual version of your own home and subject it to wildfire conditions. The results can exchange homeowner recommendations to reduce the likelihood of ignition of wildfires. The demonstrations, which will be completed by the team IBHS Research Center, Science and deliver video recommendations reinforce SIAM Cassy says Robinson, Program Manager at SRNL.

The demonstration begins at 2 hours, and is expected to last about two hours. Media representatives are invited to shoot stills and video footage of the house before the test. Members of the media and other guests will show events an observation room with windows resistant to 18 meters high impact to do in the test chamber. After the show, you can play media files in the test chamber to shoot after the test still images and video footage of the house.

available for interviews pre and post-test:

? Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO
? Tim Reinhold, PhD, PE, IBHS Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Engineer
? Anne Cope, PhD, PE, IBHS Research Director
? Jack Cohen, researcher, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station – Fire Sciences Laboratory
? Cassy Robinson, Program Manager, Savannah River National Laboratory
? Randall Griffin, program specialist is limited DHS Science and Technology Directorate Captain DeWitt (NY) Fire District

space for this event. Please RSVP to Joseph King, Manager of Media Relations, IBHS, 813-675-1045 / 813-442-2845,. JKing (at) IBHS (dot) org

About IBHS

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and education supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial properties through research and advocating improved construction practices, maintenance and preparation.

About Savannah River

Savannah River National Laboratory, the U.S. Department of Energy’s applied research and development national laboratory located at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, SC SRNL is science to work to DOE and the nation in environmental management, national and homeland security support and security of energy supply. The management and operating contractor for SRS and SRNL is Savannah River Nuclear Sun

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