TEST METHODS FOR FLAME RETARDANCY

There are more than 100 test methods for the determination of the flame retardance of materials. Each application has its own method. Some of the more popular test methods are as follows:

 

SPONSOR

TEST NO.

NAME

MATERIALS

UL

UL-94

Veritcle Burn Rate

Plastics

ASTM

ASTM-D-635

Horizontal Burn Rate

Rigid Plastics

ASTM

ASTM-E-162

Surface Flammability

Sheet laminates, fabrics, tiles, liquids, films

ASTM

ASTM-E-84

Surface Burning Characteristics

Carpeting, building materials

ASTM

ASTM-D-1692

Flammability plastic foams and sheeting

Plastic foams and sheeting

ASTM

ASTM-D-2863

Oxygen Index (O.I.) flammability

Plastics, textiles, paper etc.

DOT

DOT 302MVSS

To establish 4 inch per minute burn rate

Plastics in motor vehicles

FAA

Par. 25.853

FAA regulations for compartment interiors

Compartment interior plastics

NBS

 

Aminco smoke density chamber

All materials

NBS

Federal Standard 372

Flooring radiant panel

Carpeting

DOC

DOC FF-1-70
DOC FF-2-70

Surface Flammability Carpets and Rugs

Carpets and rugs

DOC

DOC FF-4-72

Flammability of mattresses

Mattresses

CS

CS-191-53

Flammability of clothing and textiles

Fabrics

CPAI

CPAI-84

Spec. for camping tents

Fabrics

TAPPI

TAPPI-461-M-48

Flammability of paper

Paper

 

 

   

 

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