1.1 This practice describes procedures for specimen preparation and mounting when testing fenestration profiles to assess flame spread and smoke development as surface burning characteristics using Test Method E84. 1.2 This practice applies to lengths of fenestration profiles only, intended for in-fill no less than 8 inches wide. 1.2.1 This practice does not apply to ancillary materials such as combustible in-fill, reinforcement, hardware, accessories, sealants, or weather-stripping. 1.3 This Practice presents 2 ways of testing fenestration profiles; as profile lengths or as sheets of materials representing the profile. 1.4 Testing shall be conducted with Test Method E84. 1.5 This practice does not provide pass/fail criteria that can be used as a regulatory tool. 1.6 Use the values stated in inch-pound units as the standard, in referee decisions. The values in the SI system of units are given in parentheses, for information only; see IEEE/ASTM SI-10 for further details. 1.7 This fire standard cannot be used to provide quantitative measures. 1.8 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. 1.9 This Practice gives instructions on specimen preparation and mounting, but the fire-test-response method is given in Test Method E84. See also Section 10 for information on operator safety. 1.10 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. 1.11 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.
Keywords:Many building codes, such as IBC, IRC, NFPA 5000, etc. require testing of interior finish for surface burning characteristics in accordance with ASTM E84. In some cases, surface burning characteristics data is also required on non-metallic fenestration profiles. The purpose of this new mounting method is to provide a standardized mounting procedure for fenestration profiles to assess flame spread and smoke development in accordance the ASTM E84. ::After reviewing comments from a draft on the ASTM collaboration site, and considering discussions during Task Group, this ballot incorporates the following specific details: 1) no tests of glass, 2) samples representative of shapes and thicknesses of profiles, and 3) testing of two lengths of fenestration profiles each over the two tunnel burners. :
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