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The concept of a suitable test procedure for noncombustible materials has long been an elusive one. It appears that a universal consensus of what such a test procedure should accomplish has not yet been achieved. Drawing from a historical base, this paper discusses the characteristics a procedure should embody to be considered suitable for testing shipboard construction materials. Results of recent experiments with various noncombustibility test procedures are discussed and limitations of current procedures are explored. Some criticisms of the concept of noncombustibility are examined and suggestions made for reconciling differences among specific procedures.
flammability, fire prevention, safety engineering, flame-proofing, fire tests, fire resistant materials, ships, marine construction
General engineer, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C.