Standard Test Method for Determining Fire Resistance of Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems Using Intermediate-Scale, Multi-story Test Apparatus
1.1 This test method measures the performance of the perimeter fire barrier system and its ability to maintain a seal to prevent fire spread during the deflection and deformation of the exterior wall assembly and floor assembly during the fire test, while resisting fire exposure from an interior compartment fire as well as from the flame plume emitted from the window burner below. The end point of the fire resistance test is the period of time elapsing before the first condition of compliance is reached as the perimeter fire barrier system is subjected to a time-temperature fire exposure.
1.2 The fire exposure conditions used are those specified by this test method for the first 30 min of exposure and then conform to the Test Methods E 119 time-temperature curve for the remainder of the test in the test room.
1.3 This test method specifies the heating conditions, methods of test, and criteria for evaluation of the ability of a perimeter fire barrier system to maintain the fire resistance where a floor and exterior wall assembly are juxtaposed to a perimeter joint.
1.4 Test results establish the performance of perimeter fire barrier systems during the fire-exposure period and shall not be construed as having determined the suitability of perimeter fire barrier systems for use after that exposure.
1.5 This test method does not provide quantitative information about the perimeter fire barrier system relative to the rate of leakage of smoke or gases or both. While it requires that such phenomena be noted and reported when describing the general behavior of perimeter fire barrier system during the fire resistance test, such phenomena are not part of the conditions of compliance.
1.6 Potentially important factors and fire characteristics not addressed by this test method include, but are not limited to:
1.6.1 The performance of the perimeter fire barrier system constructed with components other than those tested, and
1.6.2 The cyclic movement capabilities of perimeter fire barrier systems other than the cycling conditions tested.
1.7 This test method is used to measure and describe the response of materials, products or assemblies to heat and flame under controlled conditions but does not by itself incorporate all factors required for the fire-hazard or fire-risk assessment of the materials, products, or assemblies under actual fire conditions.
1.8 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as the standard. The SI values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.9 The text of this test method references notes and footnotes which provide explanatory material. These notes and footnotes (excluding those in tables and figures) shall not be considered as requirements of the standard.
This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
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