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UL 2196

UL Standard for Safety Fire Test for Circuit Integrity of Fire- Resistive Power, Instrumentation, Control and Data Cables

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Organization: UL
Publication Date: 29 August 2017
Status: active
Page Count: 38
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The intent of this Standard is to evaluate the integrity of power, control, instrumentation, and data cables for their ability to maintain circuit integrity when subjected to standard fire test exposure and associated hose stream test.

The power, control, instrumentation, and data cables covered by this Standard are intended to comply with the following requirements :

In Canada:

Canadian Electrical Code (CEC) and the National Building Code of Canada;

In the United States:

National Electrical Code (NEC), and/or the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, and/or the Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems, and/or the Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and Other Limited Access Highways.

Power, control, and instrumentation cables are subjected to the fire exposure in accordance with CAN/ULC-S101, Standard Methods of Fire Endurance Tests of Building Construction and Materials, and ANSI/UL 263, Standard for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials. During the fire test, cables are continuously energized at their maximum rated voltage or maximum utilization voltage (power cables); or at their maximum utilization voltage (control and instrumentation cables) and evaluated for circuit integrity. Insulation resistance measurements are also taken to quantify leakage current. Following the fire test, the assembly shall be subjected to a hose stream test.

Data cables are subjected to the fire exposure in accordance with CAN/ULC-S101, Standard Methods of Fire Endurance Tests of Building Construction and Materials, and ANSI/UL 263, Standard for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials. During the fire tests, the data cables are evaluated for their ability to maintain error free data transfer and retrieval at the specified protocol and data rates. Following the fire test, the assembly shall be subjected to a hose stream test.

The fire exposure and hose stream tests are not intended to be representative of all fire conditions and impact conditions, respectively. It is likely that conditions will vary with changes in the amount, nature, distribution of fire loading, ventilation, compartment size and configuration, and heat conducting and dissipating characteristics of the compartment in which the cables are installed. These requirements provide a relative measure of fire performance of comparable assemblies under these specified fire exposure conditions. It is possible that any variation from the construction or operating condition tested, such as size, method of assembly and materials, will substantially change the performance characteristics of the cables.

The standardized fire and hose stream exposures for comparing the performance of cables represents one factor in determining the acceptability of cables for use in specific applications.

The construction and operation of the furnace and the general test conditions are intended to be in accordance with the requirements in CAN/ULC S101, Standard Methods of Fire Endurance Tests of Building Construction and Materials, and ANSI/UL 263, Standard for Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials.

Document History

UL 2196
August 29, 2017
UL Standard for Safety Fire Test for Circuit Integrity of Fire- Resistive Power, Instrumentation, Control and Data Cables
The intent of this Standard is to evaluate the integrity of power, control, instrumentation, and data cables for their ability to maintain circuit integrity when subjected to standard fire test...
August 29, 2017
UL Standard for Safety Fire Test for Circuit Integrity of Fire-Resistive Power, Instrumentation, Control and Data Cables
The intent of this Standard is to evaluate the integrity of power, control, instrumentation, and data cables for their ability to maintain circuit integrity when subjected to standard fire test...
August 29, 2017
UL Standard for Safety Fire Test for Circuit Integrity of Fire-Resistive Power, Instrumentation, Control, and Data Cables
The intent of this Standard is to evaluate the integrity of power, control, instrumentation, and data cables for their ability to maintain circuit integrity when subjected to standard fire test...
May 11, 2001
UL Standard for Safety Tests for Fire Resistive Cables
A description is not available for this item.
May 11, 2001
UL Standard for Safety Tests for Fire Resistive Cables
The test method described in these requirements is intended to evaluate the fire resistive performance of electrical cables as measured by functionality during a period of fire exposure, and...
May 11, 2001
UL Standard for Safety Tests for Fire Resistive Cables
1 effective November 11, 2002 The test method described in these requirements is intended to evaluate the fire resistive performance of electrical cables as measured by functionality during a period...
May 11, 2001
UL Standard for Safety Tests for Fire Resistive Cables
1 effective November 11, 2002 1.1 The test method described in these requirements is intended to evaluate the fire resistive performance of electrical cables as measured by functionality during a...

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