2022 NFPA 287 Standard - Current Edition
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  • Description

    Help improve safety and fire prevention in cleanroom applications by following the latest testing procedures with NFPA 287, 2022 edition.

    It's critical to be able to demonstrate that materials used in cleanroom processes support fire propagation and have other fire-resistant characteristics. NFPA 287, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA), assists in determining the suitability of polymer-containing materials used in applications where there is a risk of fire or explosion.

    Created to address concerns over cleanroom fire safety, the standard offers methods for ignition tests, combustion tests, and fire propagation tests.

    Measurements obtained include:

    • Time to ignition (tign)
    • Chemical (Qchem) heat release rate
    • Convective (Qc) heat release rate
    • Mass loss rate (m)
    • Smoke extinction coefficient (D)

    The 2022 edition of NFPA 287 is your source for the latest procedures for determining and quantifying the flammability characteristic of materials containing polymers used in cleanrooms.

    This standard is a vital resource to assist manufacturers and testing laboratories in reducing potential danger inherent to materials in cleanrooms containing polymers. NFPA 287 covers everything from test apparatus, specimens, and procedures to calibration of equipment, calculations, and reporting.

    The apparatus-associated test methods are distinct from other fire standards because of the focus on characterizing hazards associated with large-scale, self-sustained, upward, or flow-aided fire propagation on materials and products, not just the response of materials to an imposed, external heat flux. Changes to 2022 edition ensure the document is up to date with the most current industry knowledge and terminology.

    Access the information you need to help mitigate fire risks and keep cleanrooms safer.

    There are many factors particular to cleanroom processes and environments that present unique hazards and challenges to preventing fires and limiting damages and loss. Arm yourself with the most up-to-date information by ordering your copy of NFPA 287, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus, 2022 edition. (Print, 40 pp., 2022)

  • Table of Contents (2022 Current Edition)

    NFPA® 287, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability of Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA), 2022 Edition

    Chapter 1 Administration
    1.1 Scope.
    1.2 Purpose.
    1.3 Symbols.
    1.4 Units.
    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 Apparatus
    4.1 General.
    4.2 Infrared Heating System.
    4.3 Load Cell System.
    4.4 Ignition Pilot Flame.
    4.5 Ignition Timer.
    4.6 Gas Analysis System.
    4.7 Combustion Air Distribution System.
    4.8 Water-Cooled Shield.
    4.9 Exhaust System.
    4.10 Test Section Instruments.
    4.11 Heat Flux Gauge.
    4.12 Digital Data Collection.
    Chapter 5 Calibration of Equipment
    5.1 Radiant Flux Heater.
    5.2 Gas Analysis Equipment.
    5.3 Load Cell.
    5.4 Heat Release Calibration.
    Chapter 6 Test Specimens
    6.1 Specimen Holders.
    6.2 Conditioning.
    6.3 Specimen Size and Preparation.
    6.4 Mounting Methods.
    Chapter 7 Test Procedure
    7.1 Procedure 1: Ignition Test.
    7.2 Procedure 2: Combustion Test.
    7.3 Procedure 3: Fire Propagation Test.
    7.4 Safety Precautions.
    Chapter 8 Calculations
    8.1 Critical Heat Flux (CHF).
    8.2 Thermal Response Parameter (TRP).
    8.3 Fire Propagation Index (FPI).
    8.4 Effective Heat of Combustion (EHC).
    8.5 Smoke Calculations.
    8.6 Convective Heat Release Rate.
    Chapter 9 Report
    9.1 General Test Description and Ignition Test.
    9.2 Combustion Test.
    9.3 Fire Propagation Test.
    Annex A Explanatory Material
    Annex B Background Material
    Annex C Background Information on Exhaust System Option 2
    Annex D Informational References
  • Prior Editions

    2017 Edition

     

    Expanded options in the 2017 edition of NFPA 287 help you evaluate the fire risk of materials and products containing polymers to determine their suitability for use in cleanrooms.

    Expanded to include new provisions for smoke damage index – including a new definition and a new equation – the 2017 edition of NFPA 287, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability of Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA) addresses methods for measuring the flammability characteristics of materials containing polymers that are used in cleanroom applications.

    NFPA 287 is associated with a large-scale, self-sustained upward or flow-added fire propagation on materials and products. Measurements include:

    • Critical heat flux
    • Thermal response parameter
    • Fire propagation index
    • Effective heat of combustion
    • Smoke yield

    The Standard is essential for testing laboratories and manufacturers that want to reduce fire dangers in cleanrooms. (Print, 40 pp., 2017)


    2012 Edition

     

    Evaluate the fire risk of materials and products containing polymers to determine their suitability for use in cleanrooms based on the 2012 NFPA 287.

    Revised to include updated references, the 2012 NFPA 287, Standard Test Methods for Measurement of Flammability of Materials in Cleanrooms Using a Fire Propagation Apparatus (FPA) addresses methods for measuring the flammability characteristics of materials containing polymers that are used in cleanroom applications.

    NFPA 287 is associated with a large-scale, self-sustained upward or flow-added fire propagation on materials and products. Measurements include:

    • Critical heat flux
    • Thermal response parameter
    • Fire propagation index
    • Effective heat of combustion
    • Smoke yield

    The Standard is essential for testing laboratories and manufacturers that want to reduce fire dangers in cleanrooms. (Softbound, 36 pp., 2012)

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