|The clients of FSTI are offered expertise drawing upon the extensive fire
safety experience of Dr. Babrauskas, which includes:
Developed the first-ever U.S. computer fire model (COMPF) in 1975.
Invented the Cone Calorimeter, which is now an ASTM standard (E 1354) and has
been adopted by many countries and by the International Organization for
Standardization (ISO 5660). This was the first fire test method to be awarded
the prestigious R&D 100 award.
Invented the furniture calorimeter. This has formed the basis for the
current-day standard practice in measuring the heat release rate of furniture
and other commodities. It is referenced in numerous ASTM, UL and foreign
Developed procedures which led to the first comprehensive, systematic fire
hazard analysis to be conducted, based on full-scale and bench-scale testing
Pioneering technical leadership in quantifying furniture flammability and its
measurement. This was described in a NIST monograph. More recently, provided
extensive technical guidance to the European CBUF research program, which was
completed in 1995 by a consortium of 11 laboratories. This has led to a new
generation of furniture fire models.
Developed the first standard for the exchange of fire test data in computer
file form (FDMS). This is now being used by a number of laboratories, instrument
manufacturers, and fire models.
Extensive experience with International Standards, serving as a U.S. Assigned
Expert. Also, was the U.S. Technical Representative to the Japanese program
leading towards the development of a performance-based building code for
Produced the first comprehensive state-of-the-art assessment of flammability
test methods for electric wire and cable products (for NEMA).
Invented the laser smoke photometer, now commonly used in bench-scale,
intermediate scale, and large-scale fire tests.
Headed the NIST team to develop a new-generation fire toxicity test.
Developed the technology for the necessary CO predictions in order to extend
test applicability to post-flashover fires.