ASTM E2404 - 13e1

    Standard Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Textile, Paper or Polymeric (Including Vinyl) Wall or Ceiling Coverings, and of Facings and Wood Veneers Intended to be Applied on Site Over a Wood Substrate, to Assess Surface Burning Charact

    Active Standard ASTM E2404 | Developed by Subcommittee: E05.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Textile, paper and polymeric (including vinyl and expanded vinyl) wall or ceiling coverings and wall or ceiling covering systems used as interior finish are often evaluated with Test Method E84 to comply with building or life safety code requirements. This practice describes specimen preparation and mounting procedures for such materials and systems.

    5.2 This practice is not applicable to the following materials:

    5.2.1 Wall or ceiling coverings with exposed wood surfaces, and

    5.2.2 Any wall or ceiling covering system where the top layer is not a textile material, a paper-based material, a polymeric material or a vinyl material.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes procedures for specimen preparation and mounting when testing textile, paper or polymeric (including vinyl and expanded vinyl) wall or ceiling covering materials to assess flame spread and smoke development as surface burning characteristics using Test Method E84.

    1.2 This practice applies also to facings or wood veneers intended to be applied on site over a wood substrate (see 8.7). This practice does not apply to laminated products factory-produced with a wood substrate, which are covered by Practice E2579.

    1.3 Testing is conducted with Test Method E84.

    1.4 This practice does not provide pass/fail criteria that can be used as a regulatory tool.

    1.5 Use the values stated in inch-pound units as the standard, in referee decisions. The values in the SI system of units are given in parentheses, for information only; see IEEE/ASTM SI-10 for further details.

    1.6 This fire standard cannot be used to provide quantitative measures.

    1.7 Fire testing of products and materials is inherently hazardous, and adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests. Fire testing involves hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard gives instructions on specimen preparation and mounting, but the fire-test-response method is given in Test Method E84. See also Section 10.

    1.8 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.

    1.9 The text of this standard references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes shall not be considered requirements of the standard.


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

    NIST Standard

    ASTM Standards

    C1186 Specification for Flat Fiber-Cement Sheets

    C1396/C1396M Specification for Gypsum Board

    E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

    E136 Test Method for Behavior of Materials in a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750C

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E2573 Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Site-Fabricated Stretch Systems to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics

    E2579 Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Wood Products to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics

    IEEE/ASTM SI-10 International System of Units (SI): The Modern Metric System

    CSA Standard


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 91.180 (Interior finishing)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 30161510(Plastic wall covering)


    DOI: 10.1520/E2404-13E01

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