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Significance and Use
5.1 The properties evaluated by this test method are intended to provide comparative information on the effects of fire-retardant chemical formulations and environmental conditions on the flexural properties and IB strength of FRSC panels.
5.2 This practice uses a controlled elevated-temperature environment to produce temperature-induced losses in the mechanical properties of FRSC panels and untreated panels.
5.3 Prediction of performance in natural environments has not been directly correlated with the results of this test method.
5.4 The reproducibility of results in elevated-temperature exposure is highly dependent on the type of specimens tested and the evaluation criteria selected, as well as the control of the operating variables. In any testing program, sufficient replicates shall be included to establish the variability of the results. Variability is often observed when similar specimens are tested in different chambers even though the testing conditions are nominally similar and within the ranges specified in this test method.
1.1 This test method is designed as a laboratory screening test. It is intended to establish an understanding of the respective contributions of the many wood material, fire-retardant, resin and processing variables, and their interactions, upon the mechanical properties of fire-retarded mat-formed wood structural composite (FRSC) panels as they affect flexural and internal bond (IB) performance and as they are often affected later during exposure to high temperature and humidity. Once the critical material and processing variables have been identified through these small-specimen laboratory screening tests, additional testing and evaluation shall be required to determine the effect of the treatment on the panel structural properties and the effect of exposure to high temperature on the properties of commercially produced FRSC panels. In this test method, treated structural composite panels are exposed to a temperature of 77°C (170°F) and at least 50% relative humidity.
1.2 The purpose of the preliminary laboratory-based test method is to compare the flexural properties and IB strength of FRSC panels relative to untreated structural composite panels with otherwise identical manufacturing parameters. The results of tests conducted in accordance with this test method provide a reference point for estimating strength temperature relationships for preliminary purposes. They establish a starting point for subsequent full-scale testing of commercially produced FRSC panels.
1.3 This test method does not cover testing and evaluation requirements necessary for product certification and qualification or the establishment of design value adjustment factors for FRSC panels.
Note 1: One potentially confounding limitation of this preliminary screening test method is that it may be conducted with laboratory panels that may not necessarily represent commercial quality panels. A final qualification program should likely be conducted using commercial quality panels and the scope of the review should include evaluation of the effects of the treatment and elevated temperature exposure on all relevant mechanical properties of the commercially produced panel.
1.4 This test method is not intended for use with structural plywood.
1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.
1.6 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.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D9 Terminology Relating to Wood and Wood-Based Products
D198 Test Methods of Static Tests of Lumber in Structural Sizes
D1037 Test Methods for Evaluating Properties of Wood-Base Fiber and Particle Panel Materials
D1165 Nomenclature of Commercial Hardwoods and Softwoods
D2395 Test Methods for Density and Specific Gravity (Relative Density) of Wood and Wood-Based Materials
D2915 Practice for Sampling and Data-Analysis for Structural Wood and Wood-Based Products
D3043 Test Methods for Structural Panels in Flexure
D5516 Test Method for Evaluating the Flexural Properties of Fire-Retardant Treated Softwood Plywood Exposed to Elevated Temperatures
D6305 Practice for Calculating Bending Strength Design Adjustment Factors for Fire-Retardant-Treated Plywood Roof Sheathing
E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
E176 Terminology of Fire Standards
E2768 Test Method for Extended Duration Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials (30 min Tunnel Test)
Other StandardsAWPA U-1 Commodity Specification H: Fire Retardants Available from American Wood Protection Association (AWPA), P.O. Box 361784, Birmingham, AL 35236-1784, http://www.awpa.com.
ICS Number Code 79.060.99 (Other wood-based panels)
UNSPSC Code 30161505(Panels or paneling)
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ASTM D7857-16, Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Flexural Properties and Internal Bond Strength of Fire-Retarded Mat-Formed Wood Structural Composite Panels Exposed to Elevated Temperatures, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2016, www.astm.orgBack to Top