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AS 1530.1-1994


Methods for fire tests on building materials, components and structures, Part 1: Combustibility test for materials

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Sets out a test method for determining the combustibility of building materials and is one of a series of test methods for evaluating the potential fire hazard of building products. This fire test was developed for use by those responsible for selection of construction materials which, although not completely inert, produce only a limited amount of heat and flame when exposed to temperatures of approximately 750 degrees Celsius. This revision aligns the test method more closely with ISO 1182:1990 but specifies combustibility criteria necessary for regulatory purposes.
Published: 21/03/1994
Pages: 21
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Table of contents
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Table of contents
About this publication
1 Scope and general
1.1 Scope
1.2 Referenced documents
1.3 Definitions
1.4 Application to fire hazard assessment
2 Test procedure
2.1 Sampling
2.2 Test specimens
2.2.1 Quantity
2.2.2 Construction
2.2.3 Preparation
2.2.4 Hole for centre thermocouple
2.2.5 Conditioning
2.3 Test apparatus
2.3.1 General
2.3.2 Furnace, stand and draft shield
2.3.3 Specimen holder and insertion device
2.3.4 Thermocouples General Furnace thermocouple Specimen centre thermocouple Specimen surface thermocouple
2.3.5 Test environment
2.3.6 Additional equipment Voltage stabilizer Variable transformer Electrical input monitor Power controller Temperature recorder Timing device Desiccators
2.4 Setting up
2.4.1 Siting of apparatus
2.4.2 Specimen holder
2.4.3 Furnace thermocouple
2.4.4 Electricity supply
2.4.5 Furnace stabilization
2.4.6 Furnace wall temperature
2.5 Test method
2.5.1 Procedure
2.5.2 Observations during the test
3 Calculations and reporting of results
3.1 Temperature rises
3.1.1 Individual values
3.1.2 Arithmetic means
3.2 Sustained flaming
3.3 Mass loss
3.4 Criteria of combustibility
3.5 Test report
Appendix A
A1 Background to the development of the test
A2 Application of qualified material
A3 Self-heating not covered
A4 Thermally unstable materials
A5 Orientation of furnace tube
A6 Mass loss
A7 Test procedure
Appendix B
B1 Typical form for summary of observations and calculations
B2 Typical form for test report
Cited references in this standard
Reaction to fire tests for products — Non-combustibility test
BS 4937
International thermocouple reference tables
Fire — Glossary of terms, Part 1: Fire tests
Content history
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