ASTM D3014-99

    Standard Test Method for Flame Height, Time of Burning, and Loss of Mass of Rigid Thermoset Cellular Plastics in a Vertical Position


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This is a fire-test-response standard. This test method covers a small-scale laboratory screening procedure for comparing relative extent and time of burning and loss of mass of rigid thermoset cellular plastics. This test method should be used solely to establish relative burning characteristics and should not be considered or used as a fire-hazard classification.

    1.1.1 This test method should not be used for materials that drip or melt under the test conditions.

    1.2 During the course of combustion, gases or vapors, or both, are evolved which may be hazardous to personnel. Adequate precautions should be taken to protect the operator.

    1.3 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. A specific precautionary statement is given in 1.2.

    1.4 This standard should be used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled laboratory conditions and should not be used to describe or appraise the fire hazard or fire risk of materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions. However, results of this test may be used as elements of a fire-hazard assessment or a fire-risk assessment which takes into account all of the factors which are pertinent to an assessment of the fire hazard or fire risk of a particular end use.

    Note 1-There is no similar or equivalent ISO 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

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D1622 Test Method for Apparent Density of Rigid Cellular Plastics

    D5025 Specification for Laboratory Burner Used for Small-Scale Burning Tests on Plastic Materials

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E456 Terminology Relating to Quality and Statistics

    E691 Practice for Conducting an Interlaboratory Study to Determine the Precision of a Test Method

    E2935 Practice for Conducting Equivalence Testing in Laboratory Applications

    ISO Standard

    ISO13943 Fire SafetyVocabulary


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.100 (Cellular materials)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code 13101900(Thermoset plastics)


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    DOI: 10.1520/D3014-99

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    ASTM D3014-99, Standard Test Method for Flame Height, Time of Burning, and Loss of Mass of Rigid Thermoset Cellular Plastics in a Vertical Position, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 1999, www.astm.org

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