Mark A. Dietenberger

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Mesophytic species (esp. Acer rubrum) are increasingly replacing oaks (Quercus spp.) in fire-suppressed, deciduous oak-hickory forests of the eastern US. A pivotal hypothesis is that fuel beds derived from mesophytic litter are less likely than beds derived from oak litter to carry a fire and, if they do, are more likely to burn at lower intensities.(More)
The effectiveness of treatments of the surface layer of novel foam core particleboards were evaluated by means of Cone calorimeter tests. Foam core particleboards with variations of surface layer treatment, adhesives and surface layer thicknesses under similar processing conditions were used to produce the test specimen for the Cone calorimeter tests.(More)
For further progress of novel foam core particleboards, their fire performance was examined with cone calorimetry tests (ASTM E 1354-11a). Specimens with varying surface layer thicknesses, foam densities (polystyrene foam), and processing temperatures were tested. Using the initially recommended cone irradiance of 35 kW/m2, different flammability parameters(More)
The trend towards performance-based codes for achieving acceptable fire safety creates a significant demand for improved material properties and computer fire models. The performance-based engineering analysis is very difficult to achieve for wood-based materials because of their complex physical processes for pyrolysis and combustion. To address this need(More)
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