ASTM E2573 - 12

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

    Active Standard ASTM E2573 | Developed by Subcommittee: E05.22

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07


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    Significance and Use

    Site-fabricated stretch systems used as interior finish are evaluated with Test Method E84 to comply with building, fire, or life safety code requirements. This practice describes specimen preparation and mounting procedures for such materials and systems.

    The limitations for this procedure are those associated with Test Method E84.

    Additional LimitationsThis practice does not apply to test systems that cannot be used to produce self-supporting specimens. If the test specimen is not self-supporting, further guidance can be found in the appendix of Test Method E84.

    This practice shall not apply to vinyl stretch ceiling materials, which are covered by Practice E2599.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This practice describes procedures for specimen preparation and mounting when testing a site-fabricated stretch system to assess flame spread and smoke developed as surface-burning characteristics using Test Method E84.

    1.2 Testing is conducted with Test Method E84.

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

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard. See for further details.

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

    1.6 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.

    1.7 This practice shall not apply to vinyl stretch ceiling materials, which are covered by Practice E2599.

    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.

    ASTM Standards

    E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E2599 Practice for Specimen Preparation and Mounting of Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barrier and Vinyl Stretch Ceiling Materials for Building Applications to Assess Surface Burning Characteristics


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.40 (Ignitability and burning behaviour of materials and products)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    DOI: 10.1520/E2573-12

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