ASTM E162-98

    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, to be used for research and development purposes, covers the measurement of surface flammability of materials. It is not intended for use as a basis of ratings for building code purposes.

    1.2 This standard should be used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled 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 the 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.

    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.

    1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The values in parentheses are for information only.


    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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    DOI: 10.1520/E0162-98

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    ASTM E162-98, Standard Test Method for Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002, www.astm.org

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