ASTM WK44768

    Work Item: ASTM WK44768 - New Test Method for Evaluation of Materials and Design Attributes for Protection Against Fire Simulations Using an Instrumented Test Apparatus

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    Developed by Subcommittee: F23.80 | Committee F23 | Contact Staff Manager

    1. Scope

    This test method can be used to provide predicted human skin burn injury for single or multiple layers of materials, mounted on a stationary instrumented test apparatus which is exposed in a laboratory to a simulated fire environment having a controlled heat flux, flame distribution, and duration. This test can also be used to evaluate different component designs (pockets, zippers etc.), constructions and fabrics to assist in final prototype designs and fabric down selections and/or layering schemes prior to ASTM F1930 testing. The average exposure heat flux is 84 kW/m2 (2 cal/scm2), with durations up to 20 seconds.

    Lab scale material tests do not correlate well to full scale garment tests. Full scale garment tests are expensive and time consuming. This test will allow testing of materials in a realistic configuration, and down selection of designs and materials prior to protoype and/or garment construction and full scale garment testing. This test can be used to predict burn injury and/or can be used to determine the durability of different materials/designs/constructions when exposed to a simulatied fire environment.


    Mid Scale Test:Fire Simulation:material swatch testing::

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Margaret Auerbach

    Draft Under Development