ASTM WK29294

    New Test Method for Measurement of Gases Present or Generated During Fire Tests Using Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy

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    1. Scope

    1.1 This test method describes the methodology for sampling and analyzing gases present or generated during fires using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. This test method is suitable for the collection and quantitative analysis of gaseous species that are detectable using FTIR spectroscopy. 1.2 This test method is used to measure and describe 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. 1.3 Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be used in conducting these tests. 1.4 This standard does not purport to address all 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.

    In recent years, Fourier Transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy has become a commonly used technique for measuring gases present or generated during fires. The U.S. Navy specifies FTIR spectroscopy for smoke toxicity testing. Application of FTIR spectroscopy to fire testing presents unique challenges. The proposed test method intends to address these challenges and will serve as reference for researchers, specifiers, and authorities having jurisdiction.


    fire; fire-test response standard; fire effluents; fire gases; FTIR; toxic gas analysis; IR spectroscopy

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Marc Janssens

    Draft Under Development