ASTM E162-13

    Standard Test Method for Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This fire-test-response standard describes the measurement of surface flammability of materials. It is not intended for use as a basis of ratings for building code purposes (see Appendix X1).

    1.2 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.

    1.3 This standard measures and describes the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire hazard or fire risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.

    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.

    1.5 Fire testing of products and materials is inherently hazardous, and adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests. This test method may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. Specific information about hazard is given in Section 7.

    Note 1There 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

    C1186 Specification for Flat Fiber-Cement Sheets

    C1288 Specification for Discrete Non-Asbestos Fiber-Cement Interior Substrate Sheets

    D3675 Test Method for Surface Flammability of Flexible Cellular Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source

    E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E1546 Guide for Development of Fire-Hazard-Assessment Standards

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    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.50 (Fire-resistance of building materials and elements)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E0162-13

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    ASTM E162-13, Standard Test Method for Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2013, www.astm.org

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