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FPRF develops research needs agenda for new NIST lab

The Fire Protection Research Foundation has joined with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in developing a prioritized research agenda for NIST's new structural fire resistance testing facility in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The new NIST laboratory, part of the Engineering Research Laboratory, will have the capacity to test large-scale structural elements and systems and their components under fire conditions. The laboratory is scheduled to be completed in 2012. At a jointly hosted meeting-workshop for industry leaders at NIST's Engineering Laboratory, 40 representatives from academia, engineering, and the materials industry shared their views on the proposed agenda des...

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