Fire Research Publications

ATF's Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) is the first in the U.S. to provide a variety of services including both on-scene support and remote technical assistance in the fire investigation community. FRL is an innovative partnership among law enforcement, fire services, public safety agencies, academia and the private sector using advanced scientific, technical, educational, and training methods to make ATF and its partners' leaders in fire investigation science to serve and protect the public.

Name Description Type
Arc Mapping as a Tool for Fire Investigations.pdf (659.73 KB)

The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to address statements that are contained in Arc Mapping: New Science or New Myth?

Engineering
Arc Melting in Electrical Receptacles Research Photographs (ATFFRL-TB-190001) (32.74 MB)

The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to provide a selection of photographs of various receptacle failures as a reference for fire investigators and engineers.

Impression Evidence
Arc Melting on Cables Protected by AFCI GFCI and TM Circuit Breakers (ATFFRL-TB-210001) (23.4 MB)

The purpose of this Technical Bulletin is to provide the photographs and waveforms produced during the testing and research that examined the relationship between the formation of arc melting and the type of circuit protection device used on the circuit.

Impression Evidence
ATF-LS Quality Documents (3.96 MB)

ATF Laboratory Services Quality Documents

Quality Manuals
ATF-LS-FRL 1588 Thermocouple Standard Operating Procedures (120.33 KB)
Standard operating procedures for 1588 thermocouple. 
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Combustion Calorimeter Standard Operating Procedures (825.63 KB)
Standard operating procedures for the combustion calorimeter.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Digital Cameras Standard Operating Procedures (734.96 KB)
Standard operating procedures for digital cameras.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Engineering Project File Content (271.78 KB)
The purpose of this PPG establishes the standard for the structure of Fire Research Laboratory project file jackets.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL FireTOSS Calculation Documentation Requirements (256 KB)
This document lists the requirements for documenting and reviewing calculations that are incorporated into the compiled FireTOSS code that is used by the ATF, Fire Research Laboratory (FRL).
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Heat Flux Transducer LI002 (358.65 KB)
This instruction covers the use of Schmidt-Boelter Heat Flux Transducers in FRL custom experiments.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Hotwire Anemometer -Standard Operating Procedures (814.89 KB)
Standard operating procedure for a hotwire anemometer.  
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI001 Thermocouple (612.71 KB)
This instruction covers the use, design, and specifications of thermocouples used at the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL).
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI007 Stopwatch (264.34 KB)
This instruction covers the use of stopwatches used by the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) examiners.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI014 Optical Density Meter (387.04 KB)
This instruction covers the use, design and specifications of optical density meters (ODMs) for smoke measurement in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL).
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI017 Laboratory Conditions (361.98 KB)
This Instruction covers the use of laboratory condition stations used in FRL experiments.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL LI018 Combustion Calorimeter (939.69 KB)
This instruction covers the use of the Combustion Calorimeter that is used to measure the heat content and specific gravity of natural gas that is used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory (FRL) experiments.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Project Approach (230.52 KB)
The FRL coordinates with special agent/certified fire investigators to apply engineering principles to crime scene and physical evidence evaluation for the purpose of assisting the client with understanding specific limited aspects of the fire event, such as ignition, material properties, visibility, etc.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL Sand Burner and Gas Cart -Standard Operating Procedures (463.89 KB)
Standard operating procedures for a sand burner and gas cart.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR009b Differential Pressure - Average Velocity Probes (2.06 MB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the averaging velocity probes used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
ATF-LS-FRL TR010B Tube Burner (4.97 MB)
This technical reference covers the use, design and specifications of the tube burner used in the ATF Fire Research Laboratory.
Engineering
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