A comparative study of combustibility and surface flammability of building materials

Chiun Hsun Chen, Ling-Sheng Jang, Ming Yuan Lei, Sam Chou

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Results are presented of a project to evaluate the combustibility and surface flammability of building interior finish materials commonly used in Taiwan. The project was conducted at the Fire Laboratory of the Architecture and Building Research Institute in Taipei. Eighteen different wall-covering materials were tested according to Chinese National Standard (CNS) 6532, which is equivalent to Japanese Industry Standard (JIS) 1321, and according to ASTM E 1354-92 (Cone calorimeter). A comparison of test results is presented, and a qualitative relationship is developed between the performance in the two methods. The classification system for degrees of combustibility developed in Canada by Richardson and Brooks was hereby used to group materials based in performance in the ASTM test method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-276
Number of pages6
JournalFire and Materials
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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