“The Epernon Fire Tests Programme” is seeking to understand the links between normative fire resistance ratings and real fire performance in buildings. The project has several objectives, such as quantification of the energy participation of combustible materials in standard furnace tests, the influence of combustible surfaces and ventilation factors on the dynamics of compartment fires (including external flaming), and the thermomechanical behaviour of structures under standard and natural fires.

The test programme includes three standard fire resistance tests and six natural fire experiments. The test reports can be downloaded from the table below.
A summary report including further analysis will be made available by the end of the year 2019 and a number of peer reviewed publications from the project are listed below.

The outcomes of the project shed light on a number of issues which should be considered when assessing a building using a fire safety engineering approach to provide an adequate level of safety.

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Project Team

The tests are performed in the framework of a collaborative partnership involving the following authors.

Pr Luke BISBY Dr Alastair BARTLETT Dr Jean-Christophe MINDEGUIA Dr Robert JANSSON MCNAMEE Pr Jochen ZEHFUß Pr Jean-Marc FRANSSEN Dr Fabienne ROBERT Christophe TESSIER Dr Siyimane MOHAINE
                 

School of Engineering
University of Edinburgh
United Kingdom


The University of Bordeaux
I2M laboratory
France


Brandskyddslaget AB
Sweden


The Institute of Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Safety of Technische Universität Braunschweig (IBMB-Braunschweig), Division of Fire Safety
Germany


Liège University
Belgium


CERIB
Fire Testing Centre
France

Project Team

The tests are performed in the framework of a collaborative partnership involving the following collaborating authors:

Pr Luke BISBY Dr Alastair BARTLETT
   

School of EngineeringUniversity of EdinburghUnited Kingdom

Dr Jean-Christophe MINDEGUIA
 

The University of BordeauxI2M laboratoryFrance

Dr Robert JANSSON MCNAMEE
 

Brandskyddslaget ABSweden

Pr Jochen ZEHFUß
 

The Institute of Building Materials, Concrete Construction and Fire Safety of Technische Universität Braunschweig (IBMB-Braunschweig), Division of Fire SafetyGermany

Pr Jean-Marc FRANSSEN
 

Liège UniversityBelgium

Dr Fabienne ROBERT Christophe TESSIER Dr Siyimane MOHAINE
     

CERIBFire Testing CentreFrance

Test Reports

Test Report number Tested element Type of fire
010618

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 010618.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing CLT slab Standard fire (EN 1365-2)
010616

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 010616.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing concrete slab
010615

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 010615.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing concrete slab Natural fire (Scenario 1)
010617

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 010617.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing CLT slab
013596

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 013596.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing CLT slab Standard fire (EN 1365-2)
013598

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 013598.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing concrete slab Natural fire (Scenario 2)
013597

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 013597.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing CLT slab
013599

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 013599.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing CLT slab Natural fire (Scenario 3)
013600

Please fill in the form to download the Test Report 013600.

You will receive the link to download the test report by email.

Loadbearing concrete slab

Publications

  • Comparative Energy Analysis of Fire Resistance Tests on Combustible versus Non-Combustible Slabs
    Alastair I. Bartlett, Robert McNamee, Fabienne Robert, and Luke Bisby, ASTM workshop, 6-7 December 2018, Washington
  • Enclosure fire dynamics with a combustible ceiling
    Robert McNamee, Jochen Zehfuss, Alastair I. Bartlett, Mohammad Heidari, Fabienne Robert and Luke Bisby, Interflam, 1-3 July 2019, London
  • Thermo-mechanical behaviour of cross-laminated timber slabs under standard and natural fires
    Jean-Christophe Mindeguia, Siyimane Mohaine, Luke Bisby, Fabienne Robert, Robert McNamee, Alastair Bartlett, Interflam, 1-3 July 2019, London
  • Heat fluxes to a façade resulting from compartment fires with combustible and non-combustible ceilings
    Alastair Bartlett, Angus Law, Robert Jansson McNamee, Jochen Zehfuss, Siyimane Mohaine, Christophe Tessier, Luke Bisby, 3rd international symposium for Fire Safety of Façades, 25-27 September 2019, Paris (to be published)
  • Thermal and mechanical response of reinforced concrete slabs under natural and standard fires
    Siyimane Mohaine, Nataša Kalaba, Jean-Marc Franssen, Luke Bisby, Alastair Bartlett, Jean-Christophe Mindeguia, Robert McNamee, Jochen Zehfuss & Fabienne Robert, 6th International Workshop on Concrete Spalling due to Fire Exposure, 19-20 September 2019, Sheffield (to be published)

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