ASTM D5485 - 11

    Standard Test Method for Determining the Corrosive Effect of Combustion Products Using the Cone Corrosimeter

    Active Standard ASTM D5485 | Developed by Subcommittee: D09.21

    Book of Standards Volume: 10.02


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    Significance and Use

    The metal loss from corrosion is directly related to the increase in electrical resistance of the target due to the decrease in conductive cross-sectional area.

    The relationship between resistance increase of metallic targets used in this test method and the amount of metal loss as reported by a uniform loss in thickness has not been determined.

    This test method is used to determine the corrosive effect of combustion products from burning electrical insulations or coverings or their constituent materials or components. Corrosion is determined by the reduction of thickness of the metal on standardized targets, as measured by electrical resistance. These targets are not necessarily representative of the intended end use.

    This test method is intended for use in electrical insulations or coverings material and product evaluations, for additional data to assist in design of electrical insulations or coverings products, or for development and research of electrical insulations or coverings products.

    A value of the heating flux is selected to be relevant to the fire scenario being investigated (up to 100 kW/m2). Additional information for testing is given in A1.2.3.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This fire-test-response standard measures the corrosive effect by loss of metal from the combustion products of materials, components, or products.

    1.2 This test method provides corrosion results of product and material specimens limited to a maximum size of 100 by 100 mm in area and 50 mm thick.

    1.3 The results of this test method have not been investigated with respect to correlation to actual fires.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard. (See )

    1.5 This standard measures and describes the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire hazard or fire risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.

    1.5.1 Additional information regarding the targets, the test conditions, and test limitations are provided in the annex.

    1.6 Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests.

    1.7 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For specific hazard statements, see Section 7.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D618 Practice for Conditioning Plastics for Testing

    D1711 Terminology Relating to Electrical Insulation

    D6113 Test Method for Using a Cone Calorimeter to Determine Fire-Test-Response Characteristics of Insulating Materials Contained in Electrical or Optical Fiber Cables

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E1354 Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter

    Other Document

    OSHA191.1450 Occupational Exposure to Hazard Chemicals in Laboratories Available from Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)/U.S. Departmnet of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210, http://www.osha.gov.


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.040.40 (Stationary source emissions)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/D5485-11

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