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    ASTM E136 - 19a

    Standard Test Method for Assessing Combustibility of Materials Using a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750°C

    Active Standard ASTM E136 | Developed by Subcommittee: E05.23

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07

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    Significance and Use

    5.1 Materials that pass this test by complying with the criteria in Section 15 are typically classified as noncombustible materials.

    5.2 While actual building fire exposure conditions are not duplicated, this test method will assist in indicating those materials which do not act to aid combustion or add appreciable heat to an ambient fire.

    5.3 Materials passing the test are permitted limited flaming and other indications of combustion.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This fire-test-response test method covers the determination under specified laboratory conditions of the combustibility of building materials. Materials passing this test are typically classified as noncombustible materials.

    1.2 Limitations of this fire-test response test method are shown below.

    1.2.1 This test method does not apply to laminated or coated materials.

    1.2.2 This test method is not suitable or satisfactory for materials that soften, flow, melt, intumesce or otherwise separate from the measuring thermocouple.

    1.2.3 This test method does not provide a measure of an intrinsic property.

    1.2.4 This test method does not provide a quantitative measure of heat generation or combustibility; it simply serves as a test method with selected (end point) measures of combustibility.

    1.2.5 The test method does not measure the self-heating tendencies of materials.

    1.2.6 In this test method materials are not being tested in the nature and form used in building applications. The test specimen consists of a small, specified volume that is either (1) cut from a thick sheet; (2) assembled from multiple thicknesses of thin sheets; or (3) placed in a container if composed of granular powder or loose-fiber materials.

    1.2.7 Results from this test method apply to the specific test apparatus and test conditions and are likely to vary when changes are made to one or more of the following: (1) the size, shape, and arrangement of the specimen; (2) the distribution of organic content; (3) the exposure temperature; (4) the air supply; (5) the location of thermocouples.

    1.3 This test method includes two options, both of which use a furnace to expose test specimens of building materials to a temperature of 750°C (1382°F).

    1.3.1 The furnace for the apparatus for Option A consists of a ceramic tube containing an electric heating coil, and two concentric vertical refractory tubes.

    1.3.2 The furnace for the apparatus for Option B (Test Method E2652) consists of an enclosed refractory tube surrounded by a heating coil with a cone-shaped airflow stabilizer.

    1.4 This test method references notes and footnotes that provide explanatory information. These notes and footnotes, excluding those in tables and figures, shall not be considered as requirements of this test method.

    1.5 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.

    1.6 This standard is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products, or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions, but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for fire-hazard or fire-risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.

    1.7 Fire testing is inherently hazardous. Adequate safeguards for personnel and property shall be employed in conducting these tests.

    1.8 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, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    1.9 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    ASTM Standards

    D1929 Test Method for Determining Ignition Temperature of Plastics

    D3174 Test Method for Ash in the Analysis Sample of Coal and Coke from Coal

    E84 Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials


    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E2652 Test Method for Assessing Combustibility of Materials Using a Tube Furnace with a Cone-shaped Airflow Stabilizer, at 750C

    Other Standard

    BS476 Combustibility Test of Materials

    ISO Standard

    ISO 13943 Fire Safety Vocabulary

    ISO 871

    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.50 (Fire-resistance of building materials and elements); 91.100.01 (Construction materials)

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    DOI: 10.1520/E0136-19A

    Citation Format

    ASTM E136-19a, Standard Test Method for Assessing Combustibility of Materials Using a Vertical Tube Furnace at 750°C, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2019, www.astm.org

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