Dear academic and industry colleagues,
As you may be aware, the Future Timber Hub is developing a programme of CLT large-scale fire tests aiming at developing an engineering framework for demonstrating self-extinction of exposed mass timber surfaces in compartments (more info about the project here https://sites.google.com/view/arc-future-timber-hub-pr14/). The project is led by UQ Fire in collaboration with QFES, XLam, Lend Lease, Hyne, Knauf, and Rockwool.
We completed our first stage on the study of timescales for plasterboard failure and char fall-off failure in February 2020, and the second stage on the ratio of exposed timber in August 2020. Since then, we have been working on the third stage, which focuses on a demonstration of the role of the fuel load nature on self-extinction.
The next test (6th test) is scheduled to take place on the morning of Thursday 15th October at the QFES Live Fire Training facilities in Whyte Island. This test involves a compartment with 2 exposed CLT surfaces and a wood crib as fuel load. The wood crib has similar fuel load (MJ) than the test that achieved self-extinction with our pool fire system.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we cannot invite you to attend physically the test this time. However, we would like to invite you to observe the test online. We are aiming at broadcasting the test using Zoom. You will be able to access the live streaming from 9am (Brisbane time) on Thursday 15th October. We are expecting to start the test at 9.30-10am (if we do not experience further technical or weather complications). The test may take up to 1h.
We hope we can make this work and you can enjoy watching the test. Please let me know if you have any questions!