FMRL’s Burn Facility, at the Livonia location, consists of an outdoor enclosure, a build/observation room, and a burn room.
The burn room has a large hood (8′ x 8′) with a 60HP variable speed blower and in-line water scrubber for smoke abatement. The duct is insulated and instrumented for gas temperature rise as well as oxygen consumption calorimetry to measure the heat release rate of materials as they burn. Various ad hoc fire tests are also set-up under the hood. Examples include a hover board battery pack failure and an unattended cooking fire.
The outdoor enclosure, attached to and visible from the build room, is used for other intermediate-scale demonstrations, such as smoldering mulch, the flash fire test apparatus, and long-term monitoring of a test article.