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ASTM Test Method aims to protect systems during fires.

Press Release Summary:

Dec 04, 2015 - ASTM's Committee D09 invites anyone to join in developing new standard to help maintain integrity of cables during emergency such as a fire. Proposed standard WK52230, Test Method for Determination of Acid Gas Content of Wire and Cable Insulation or Jacket Material, will help determine halogen content of flame retardant cables. Manufacturers, insulation-materials producers, and test laboratories will use standard to ensure that insulation and cable jackets protect against corrosive damage.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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Proposed ASTM Test Method Aims to Protect Systems During Fires and Emergencies

Press release date: Dec 02, 2015

ASTM International’s Committee D09 (Electrical and Electronic Insulating Materials) invites anyone to join in developing a new standard to help maintain the integrity of cables during an emergency such as a fire.

Specifically, the proposed standard (WK52230, Test Method for Determination of Acid Gas Content of Wire and Cable Insulation or Jacket Material) will help determine the halogen content of flame retardant cables.

According to ASTM member Larry Ingram, who chairs the test method development subcommittee, during a fire, corrosive gases can destroy the electrical integrity of a circuit. This can affect fire alarms and other vital communications systems that protect life and property. Cable manufacturers, insulation-materials producers and testing laboratories will use the proposed standard to ensure that insulation and cable jackets protect against this corrosive damage. Notably, nuclear cables will be testable through the new standard.

Representatives of cable companies, material producers and testing laboratories are particularly encouraged to participate in the development of WK52330.

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN.
ASTM Committee D09 Next Meeting: April 14-15, 2016, April Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas
Media Inquiries: Nathan Osburn, tel +1.610.832.9603; nosburn@astm.org
Technical Contact: Larry Ingram, Williamsport, Pa., tel +1.570.916.8448; larry77151@comcast.net
ASTM Staff Contact: Katerina Koperna, tel +1.610.832.9728; kkoperna@astm.org