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Evaluation of the performance of three ASTM E 2058 and NFPA 287 fire propagation apparatuses

Abstract : As a result of a fruitful collaboration initiated in 1994 between Factory Mutual Research and INERIS, round robin tests have been carried out in three Fire Propagation Apparatuses (FPAs), previously known as FMRC flammability apparatuses in the USA or 'Tewarson' calorimeters in Europe. The apparatuses (two operated by Factory Mutual Research and Approvals in Norwood in USA and the more recent one by INERIS in Verneuil-en-Halatte in France) are all meeting the requirements of recently issued American Standards ASTM E 2058 and NFPA 287. This poster briefly describes the development of the FPA, followed by the description of the round-robin testing programme carried out so far that includes ignition, combustion and propagation tests for seven commercially-important plastics. The materials have been characterised carefully from the thermo-chemistry point of view. Round robin results for the global flammability parameters such as CHF, TRP and FPl, as defined in the standards, are very encouraging, both in terms of repeatability of measurements in each laboratory and reproducibility of data from one lab to the other.
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Guy Marlair, Archibald Tewarson. Evaluation of the performance of three ASTM E 2058 and NFPA 287 fire propagation apparatuses. 9. International Fire Science & Engineering Conference, Sep 2001, Edimbourg, United Kingdom. pp.1255-1260. ⟨ineris-00976143⟩



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