A total of 13 full-scale experiments, each dwelling with a dimension of ISO 9705, were conducted in Underwriters Laboratories (Chicago) to investigate the burning behaviour of informal settlement dwellings. These experiments have two phases: Phase 1 (February 2019): Tests 1-2; Phase 2 (March and April 2019): Tests 3-13.

Among all the experiments, 12 experiments are single dwelling experiments, and 1 experiment (Test 10) is a double dwelling experiment. Experimental conditions are designed to be different, such as fuel load, wall boundary condition, ventilation conditions and fire spread between dwellings. Important parameters of compartment fire development and spread, such as heat release rate, gas temperatures, fuel mass loss rate, wall and ceiling temperature, and incident radiation heat flux around the dwellings were recorded. All the experiments are an important part of the project IRIS-Fire (Improving the resilience of informal settlements to fire) … see the IRIS-Fire DataShare Collection for more datasets.

Items in this Collection

  • Cardboard lined informal settlement fire experiment (Test 5) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Cicione, Antonio; Hadden, Rory; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 5 (Cardboard lining experiment). Different from Baseline experiment, the interior walls are lined with cardboard, and the other conditions are totally the same with Baseline.
  • Baseline fire experiment of informal settlement (Test 3) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Cicione, Antonio; Hadden, Rory; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 3 (Baseline). This is the Baseline experiment of Phase 2. All the other experiments change boundary conditions based on Baseline experiment.
  • Gap filled informal settlement fire experiment (Test 4) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Cicione, Antonio; Hadden, Rory; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 4 (Gap filled experiment). Different from Baseline experiment, the leakages at the walls and roofs were filled, and the other conditions are totally the same with Baseline.
  • Window south side (side short wall) informal settlement fire experiment (Test 6) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 6 (window south side experiment). Different from Baseline experiment, the window location was changed from front long wall to side short wall, and the other conditions are totally the same with Baseline.
  • Window west side (opposite to the door wall) informal settlement fire experiment (Test 7) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 7 (window west side experiment). Different from Baseline experiment, the window location was changed from front long wall to the opposite long wall, and the other conditions are totally the same ...
  • Window north side (side short wall that is close to the door) informal settlement fire experiment (Test 8)) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 8 (window north side experiment). Different from Baseline experiment, the window location was changed from front long wall to the side short wall that is close to the door, and the other conditions ...
  • Two windows (and one door) informal settlement fire experiment (Test 9) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 9 (two windows and one door). Different from Baseline experiment, one additional window is added at the short side wall that is far from the door, and the other conditions are totally the same ...
  • Fire spread between two informal settlement dwellings (Test 10) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This is Test 10 among the 13 experiments, which is an experiment of double dwellings.
  • Insulation wall informal settlement fire experiment (Test 11) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Cicione, Antonio; Hadden, Rory; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 11 (insulation wall experiment). Different from Baseline experiment, the interior walls are insulated, and the other conditions are totally the same with Baseline.
  • Vertical window informal settlement fire experiment (Test 12) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 12. Different from Baseline experiment, the window height has been increased, and the other conditions are totally the same with Baseline.
  • Horizontal window informal settlement fire experiment (Test 13) 

    Wang, Yu; Beshir, Mohamed; Hadden, Rory; Cicione, Antonio; Krajcovic, Michal; Rush, David
    This dataset presents Test 13. Different from Baseline experiment, the window width has been increased, and the other conditions are totally the same with Baseline.