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ASTM E3037-16

Standard Test Method for Measuring Relative Movement Capabilities of Through-Penetration Firestop Systems

Standard Test Method for Measuring Relative Movement Capabilities of Through-Penetration Firestop Systems
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Significance and Use

5.1 This test method is intended to standardize the cyclic movement of a through-penetration firestop system prior to a fire resistance test. If the amplitude of movement in a design application can be predicted, then the numerical values of allowable movement can be used as one data point in helping to establish suitability of the through-penetration firestop system for the given application.

Note 4: The fire resistance rating of a through-penetration firestop system is established in accordance with a relevant fire test, as acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction. Examples of such tests include Test Method E814, CAN/ULC-S115, UL 1479, and ISO 10295-1.

5.2 This test method will assist users, producers, building officials, code authorities, and others in understanding relative movement capabilities of representative test specimens of through-penetration firestop systems under standardized test conditions.

5.3 This test method is not intended to predict the absolute movement capabilities of all likely permutations of through-penetration firestop systems under all likely types of real-life movement.

5.4 This test method does not provide information on:

5.4.1 Durability of the through-penetration firestop system under actual service conditions, including the effects of cycled temperature on the through-penetration firestop system,

5.4.2 Rotational shear capabilities of the test specimen,

5.4.3 Any other attributes of the test specimen, such as wear resistance, chemical resistance, air infiltration, water-tightness, and so forth, and

5.4.4 Compatibility of through-penetration firestop system components and the penetrating items.

5.5 This test method is only to be used as one element in the selection of a through-penetration firestop system for a particular application.

5.6 This is not a fire test standard. To determine the effect of cyclic movement on the fire resistance rating of a though-penetration firestop system, conduct a fire test in accordance with a fire resistance test method acceptable to the Authority Having Jurisdiction subsequent to this movement test.


1.1 This test method covers testing procedures for through-penetration firestop systems. This test method is intended for the following uses:

Note 1: Refer to Test Method E814 for definition of “through-penetration firestop system.”

1.1.1 To determine relative movement capability in two separate and distinct planes of movement for different types of through-penetration firestop systems,

1.1.2 To standardize a comparison of movement capability by establishing standardized test conditions, in order to allow the type of through-penetration firestop system’s movement capabilities to be examined,

1.1.3 To provide the user with information on amplitudes of relative movement between the penetrating items and the substrate (concrete-based or gypsum-based).

Note 2: Amplitude is the measure of change over a single cycle.

1.2 This test method is intended to be used only as part of a specification or acceptance criteria due to the limited movements tested, and limited number of variables examined.

1.3 This test method uses standardized configurations for the test specimen. Test results will not be representative of all possible through-penetration firestop systems.

1.4 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.5 The text of this standard references notes, comments, and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes, comments, and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered requirements of this 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. Some specific hazards statements are given in Section 7 on Safety Hazards.

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Book of Standards Volume: 04.12
Developed by Subcommittee: E06.21
Pages: 10
DOI: 10.1520/E3037-16
ICS Code: 13.220.50; 23.040.99; 91.060.10