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    The Belgian Point of View on Testing Reaction to Fire of Building Materials

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    Methods standardized in some countries have not withstood critical comparative testing by an international body. After explaining what reaction to fire of a building material really means, the proposed test method is discussed. The necessary equipment as well as the test methodology are described. The necessity for introduction of a reaction to fire index, in which the majority of relevant material properties are included, is explained. Calculation of test data is defined and the reaction to fire indices of a series of materials are given. Reproducibility of the test method seems to be good.


    fires, fire resistance, flammability, flammability testing, building codes, construction materials

    Author Information:

    Minne, R
    Civil Engineer and reader, State University of GhentChef de Travaux, Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Fuel Technology,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E05.11

    DOI: 10.1520/STP32089S