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ASTM E84

Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials

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Organization: ASTM
Publication Date: 1 March 2019
Status: active
Page Count: 26
ICS Code (Fire-resistance of building materials and elements): 13.220.50
ICS Code (Construction materials in general): 91.100.01
scope:

This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the specimen in the ceiling position with the surface to be evaluated exposed face down to the ignition source. The material, product, or assembly shall be capable of being mounted in the test position during the test. Thus, the specimen shall either be self-supporting by its own structural quality, held in place by added supports along the test surface, or secured from the back side.

The purpose of this test method is to determine the relative burning behavior of the material by observing the flame spread along the specimen. Flame spread and smoke developed index are reported. However, there is not necessarily a relationship between these two measurements.

The use of supporting materials on the underside of the test specimen has the ability to lower the flame spread index from those which might be obtained if the specimen could be tested without such support. These test results do not necessarily relate to indices obtained by testing materials without such support.

Testing of materials that melt, drip, or delaminate to such a degree that the continuity of the flame front is destroyed, results in low flame spread indices that do not relate directly to indices obtained by testing materials that remain in place.

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.

The text of this standard 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 the standard.

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.

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.

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

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.

*A Summary of Changes section appears at the end of this standard

Document History

July 1, 2019
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
April 15, 2019
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
ASTM E84
March 1, 2019
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
October 1, 2018
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
July 1, 2018
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
March 1, 2018
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
November 1, 2017
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
August 1, 2017
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
July 1, 2016
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
December 15, 2015
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test–response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
April 1, 2015
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
February 1, 2015
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
April 1, 2014
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
July 1, 2013
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
May 15, 2013
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
November 15, 2012
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
August 1, 2012
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
July 1, 2012
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
January 1, 2012
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
December 15, 2011
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
October 15, 2011
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
July 1, 2011
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
June 15, 2011
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
November 1, 2010
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...
September 15, 2010
Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials
This fire-test-response standard for the comparative surface burning behavior of building materials is applicable to exposed surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The test is conducted with the...

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