ASTM E2632 / E2632M - 20

    Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Under-Deck Fire Test Response of Deck Materials

    Active Standard ASTM E2632 / E2632M | Developed by Subcommittee: E05.14

    Book of Standards Volume: 04.07


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    Significance and Use

    5.1 This test method addresses the suitability of deck materials by assessing their response to fire hazards associated with sources of flame located beneath the deck material.

    1. Scope

    1.1 This standard prescribes a method to assess the fire-test response characteristics of deck materials when used as the walking surface of a deck. The prescribed fire exposure is intended, under test conditions, to determine the heat release rate and the thermal decomposition modes of decking materials when exposed to a burner flame simulating combustibles burning beneath a deck.2

    1.2 The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system are not necessarily exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems has the potential to result in non-conformance with the standard.

    1.3 This standard is used to measure and describe the response of deck materials 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 deck materials under actual fire conditions.

    1.4 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.

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

    1.6 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

    D2898 Practice for Accelerated Weathering of Fire-Retardant-Treated Wood for Fire Testing

    D4442 Test Methods for Direct Moisture Content Measurement of Wood and Wood-Based Materials

    D4444 Test Method for Laboratory Standardization and Calibration of Hand-Held Moisture Meters

    E176 Terminology of Fire Standards

    E2067 Practice for Full-Scale Oxygen Consumption Calorimetry Fire Tests


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 13.220.40 (Ignitability and burning behaviour of materials and products); 47.020.50 (Deck and other equipment and installations)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard
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    DOI: 10.1520/E2632_E2632M-20

    Citation Format

    ASTM E2632 / E2632M-20, Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Under-Deck Fire Test Response of Deck Materials, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2020, www.astm.org

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