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Currently, several issues are causing controversy in the review of ASTM fire resistance standards. The predominant issues are the time/ temperature curve, the use of positive pressure, and the use of the hose stream test. These issues are discussed, and an historical background is provided. Recommendations for their resolution are provided. The resolution of these issues will assist in the harmonization of test standards with other standards organizations.
fire resistance, time/temperature, pressure, hose stream test
Senior Scientist, Hughes Associates, Inc., Columbia, MD