ASTM D7746 - 11

    Standard Practice for Calculating the Superimposed Load on Wood-frame Floor-Ceiling Assemblies for Standard Fire-Resistance Tests

    Active Standard ASTM D7746 | Developed by Subcommittee: D07.05

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.10


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    ASTM D7746

    Significance and Use

    Test Methods E119, E1529, and other standard fire resistance test methods specify that throughout the fire-resistance test, a constant superimposed load shall be applied to a load-bearing test specimen to simulate a maximum load condition. This superimposed load shall be the maximum load allowed by design under nationally recognized structural design criteria for the tested floor configuration (that is, joist selection, spacing, and span).

    For this Practice, the nationally recognized structural design criteria to be used to determine the maximum load condition are those for allowable stress design in the NDS (National Design Specification for Wood Construction).

    Alternatively, the standard fire resistance test methods shall be permitted to be conducted by applying a load less than the maximum allowable load in 4.1.1 for the tested configuration; however, these tests shall be identified in the test report as being conducted under restricted loading conditions.

    This practice describes procedures for calculating the superimposed load to be applied in standard fire resistance tests of wood floor-ceiling assemblies. Practice D6513 provides a similar methodology for calculating the superimposed load on wood-frame walls.

    Statements in either the fire resistance test method standard or the nationally recognized structural design standard supersede any procedures described by this practice.

    The NDS shall be reviewed to ensure calculations are in compliance with all applicable provisions of that standard.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice covers procedures for calculating the superimposed load required to be applied to load-bearing wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies throughout standard fire-resistance tests.

    1.2 These calculations determine the maximum superimposed load to be applied to the floor-ceiling assembly during the fire resistance test. The maximum superimposed load, calculated in accordance with nationally-recognized structural design criteria, shall be designed to induce the maximum allowable stress in the wood floor-ceiling fire test configuration being tested.

    1.3 This practice is only applicable to those wood-frame floor-ceiling assemblies for which the nationally recognized structural design criteria are the NDS (National Design Specification for Wood Construction).

    1.4 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard. \t

    1.5 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. No other units of measurement are included in this standard.

    1.6 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.

    ASTM Standards

    D9 Terminology Relating to Wood and Wood-Based Products

    D6513 Practice for Calculating the Superimposed Load on Wood-frame Walls for Standard Fire-Resistance Tests

    E119 Test Methods for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E1529 Test Methods for Determining Effects of Large Hydrocarbon Pool Fires on Structural Members and Assemblies

    Other Standards

    NDSSupplement Design Values for Wood Construction


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.50 (Fire-resistance of building materials and elements); 79.080 (Semi-manufactures of timber)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30161702(Wood flooring)


    DOI: 10.1520/D7746-11

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