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Significance and Use
The flexural properties evaluated by this test method are intended to provide any one or all of the following:
Data on the comparative effects of fire-retardant chemical formulations and environmental conditions on the flexural properties of plywood.
Data for use in developing modification factors for the allowable design properties of treated plywood when exposed to elevated temperatures and humidities.
Data comparing variables, such as other plywood species and dimensions.
Results obtained from tests conducted and analyzed in accordance with the procedures of this test method may be used with other information to establish recommended roof sheathing spans for fire-retardant treated plywood.
Note 1—Temperatures lower than the test temperature specified in this test method and the cumulative effects of the elevated temperatures and humidity exposures expected to be encountered in service should be taken into account when recommended roof sheathing spans are established.
1.1 This test method is designed to determine the effect of exposure to high temperatures and humidities on the flexure properties of fire-retardant treated softwood plywood. In this test method, plywood is exposed to a temperature of 77°C (170°F).
1.2 The purpose of the test method is to compare the flexural properties of fire-retardant treated plywood relative to untreated plywood. The results of tests conducted in accordance with this test method provide a reference point for estimating strength temperature relationships. This test method is intended to provide an accelerated test at elevated temperatures and controlled humidities of plywood sheathing treated with the same chemical formulation(s) and processing conditions as plywood used commercially.
1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.4 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D9 Terminology Relating to Wood and Wood-Based Products
D1165 Nomenclature of Commercial Hardwoods and Softwoods
D2915 Practice for Sampling and Data-Analysis for Structural Wood and Wood-Based Products
D3043 Test Methods for Structural Panels in Flexure
D6305 Practice for Calculating Bending Strength Design Adjustment Factors for Fire-Retardant-Treated Plywood Roof Sheathing
E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
E176 Terminology of Fire Standards
Other StandardsPS 2 U.S. Product Standard for Wood-Based Structural Use Panels
ICS Number Code 79.060.20 (Fibre and particle boards)
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ASTM D5516-09, Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Flexural Properties of Fire-Retardant Treated Softwood Plywood Exposed to Elevated Temperatures, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2009, www.astm.orgBack to Top