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Hydraulic fluids for use in coal mining applications must be fire-resistant. Fire-resistance is defined by the particular standardized testing methods being used. In Europe, the required fire-resistance testing procedures are specified in 7th Edition of The Luxembourg Report . In this report, there are three acceptable spray testing procedures; 1.) the Community of Six spray test, 2.) the United Kingdom spray test and 3.) the “stabilized heat release spray test” (Buxton Test). Of these three tests, the Buxton Test offers the greatest and most reliable quantitative characterization of the fire-resistance properties of a hydraulic fluid. The results of investigations conducted to evaluate the experimental reproducibility of the Buxton Test are discussed in this report.
fire-resistance, hydraulic fluids, Buxton Test, spray flammability
DMT-Gesellschaft für Forschung und Prüfung mbH, Institut für Brand - und Explosionsschutz - Versuchsgrube Tremonia, Dortmund,