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The Fire Protection Research Foundation has issued a Call for Papers for Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications - A Technical Working Conference (SUPDET 2011). Abstracts are due October 29.

This 15th annual event will be held March 22-25, 2011 at the Doubletree Resort in Orlando, Florida. SUPDET gathers researchers and research users from around the world for presentations and discussion of the current state-of-the-art in fire detection, suppression and signaling.  This year’s conference will also feature an interactive workshop on fire protection challenges in data centers.

Full conference information will be available later this autumn.


In 2012, NIST’s Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) will complete construction of a new structural fire resistance testing facility with unique capability to test large scale structural elements, systems, and their connections in the fire condition.  The goal for the facility is to provide a resource to the structural fire engineering community to enhance the understanding of complex structures in fire and the validation of performance based fire engineering methods. 





The September/October edition of the Fire Protection Research Foundation newsletter has been issued. <span style="color: #800080;">Read the newsletter</span> and subscribe today so you don't miss out on important news.


In this issue:

    • Early registration deadline approaching for "Dust Explosion Hazard Recognition and Control: New Strategies" symposium in Kansas City.

    • New project: "Assessment of the Thermal Hazard from Fire Service Training Fires"

    • Research planning: "Hazard Assessment of Low-Ignition-Propensity Aqueous Solutions in Combustible IBCs"

    • Research planning: "Research Agenda for NIST's Large-Scale Structural Fire Performance Laboratory"

    • New report: "Antifreeze Solutions in Home Fire Sprinkler Systems: Interim Report"

    • New report: "Glove Box Fire Protection: A Literature Review"

    • New report: "Research Needs in Support of Hydrogen Safety Standards: 2008-2010 Activities of the hydrogen Research Advisory Council"

    • New report: "National Trends in Delivery of Health and Long-Term Care: Implications for Safety Codes and Standards - Report of a National Summit"

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has issued a literature review on Glovebox Fire Protection.

NFPA 801, Standard for Fire Protection for Facilities Handling Radioactive Materials provides fire protection requirements for gloveboxes, which are sealed enclosures for handling certain hazardous materials.  Reports and publications in the literature have appeared over the last half a century, but these are not conveniently summarized in one location.  This study identifies and gathers the pertinent published literature addressing fire protection related concerns for gloveboxes.

The Glovebox Fire Protection study is available for download at no cost on the Foundation website.

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