2019 NFPA 286 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Apply the 2019 edition of NFPA 286 to thoroughly evaluate and assess the full range of wall and ceiling interior finish materials.

    Also known as the "room corner" test, NFPA 286, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth, provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load bearing wall assemblies and panels that are required to be of non-combustible construction but may contain combustible components.

    Vital for testing laboratories, NFPA 286 addresses all wall coverings, including textile wall coverings.

    Measurements in the fire test room document the extent of fire growth, rate of heat release, total heat released, time to flashover, time to flame extension, total heat flux incident to the floor, upper level gas temperature, smoke obscuration, production of carbon monoxide, and emissions of other combustion gases.

    Access options for substrate materials in the 2019 edition.

    This edition includes added options for substrate materials, to allow users to select a substrate based on the intended installation. (Print, 28 pp., 2019)

     

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  • Table of Contents (2019 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 286 Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth, 2019 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Application.
    Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
    2.1 General.
    2.2 NFPA Publications. (Reserved)
    2.3 Other Publications.
    2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
    Chapter 3 Definitions
    3.1 General.
    3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
    3.3 General Definitions.
    Chapter 4 Test Equipment
    4.1 Ignition Source.
    4.2 Geometry and Construction of the Fire Test Room.
    Chapter 5 Specimen Mounting
    5.1 Specimen Mounting.
    5.2 Materials Using Substrates.
    5.3 Backing Materials.
    5.4 Acoustical Materials and Other Board Materials.
    5.5 Batt- or Blanket-Type Insulating and Other Flexible Materials.
    5.6 Building Units.
    5.7 Site-Fabricated Stretch Systems.
    5.8 Wall or Ceiling Covering Materials.
    5.9 Laminated Products with Wood Substrates.
    5.10 Ceiling Lining Materials.
    5.11 Specimen Installation.
    5.12 Conditioning.
    Chapter 6 Environmental Conditions
    6.1 Fire Test Room Environment.
    Chapter 7 Instrumentation
    7.1 Fire Test Room Instrumentation.
    7.2 Canopy Hood and Exhaust Duct.
    7.3 Instrumentation in Exhaust Duct.
    Chapter 8 Calibration
    8.1 Calibration and Documentation of Ignition Source and Test Equipment.
    8.2 Calibration Procedure.
    8.3 Smoke Measurement Calibration.
    8.4 Gas Analyzers Calibration.
    Chapter 9 Test Procedure
    9.1 Procedure.
    Chapter 10 Calculation Methods
    10.1 Mass Flow Rate.
    10.2 Smoke Measurement Equations.
    10.3 Release Rate of Combustion Gases.
    10.4 Symbols.
    Chapter 11 Report
    11.1 Report.
    11.2 Report of Significant Events.
    11.3 Report of Single Point Key Properties.
    11.4 Discussion of Performance.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Method of Determining Suitability of Oxygen Analyzers for Making Heat Release Measurements
    Annex C Acceptance Criteria
    Annex D Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    Apply the 2015 NFPA 286 to accurately assess the fire growth impact of all types of wall and ceiling interior finishes.

    Used primarily by testing laboratories, NFPA 286, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Evaluating Contribution of Wall and Ceiling Interior Finish to Room Fire Growth provides a method of determining the flammability characteristics of exterior, non-load bearing wall assemblies and panels which are required to be of non-combustible construction but may contain combustible components.

    NFPA 286 addresses all wall coverings, including textile wall coverings.

    Measurements in the fire test room document the extent of fire growth, rate of heat release, total heat released, time to flashover, time to flame extension, total heat flux incident to the floor, upper level gas temperature, smoke obscuration, production of carbon monoxide, and emissions of other combustion gases.

    Changes in this edition of NFPA 286 include:

    • New language clarifying that wall panel systems intended to be used both horizontally and vertically should be tested in both directions
    • A new section addressing laminated products

    Update to the latest edition of NFPA 286 to thoroughly evaluate and assess the full range of wall and ceiling interior finish materials. (Softbound, 23 pp., 2015)

     

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