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Test Method will evaluate fire-resistant wood products.

Press Release Summary:

Apr 04, 2016 - Proposed ASTM test method will determine effects of high temperatures and humidity on fire-retardant-treated wood products, helping labs develop new products for wood-construction markets. Specifically, according to ASTM member Jerry Winandy, standard will deliver accelerated test of structural composite panels at elevated temperatures and controlled humidity. It can provide critical preliminary data when estimating durability of materials subjected to in-service temperatures as high as 170°F.

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ASTM International Developing Test Method to Evaluate Fire Resistant Wood Products

Press release date: Mar 30, 2016

A proposed ASTM test method will help determine the effects of high temperatures and humidity on fire-retardant-treated wood products. This test method will help product development labs with first steps in developing new products for wood-construction markets.

Specifically, according to ASTM member Jerry Winandy, “this new standard will provide an accelerated test of structural composite panels at elevated temperatures and controlled humidity. This could eventually be used for wall and roof sheaths.” Winandy, an adjunct professor of wood science at the University of Minnesota, notes that the test method could help producers of engineered wood composites when developing additives to protect from fire or to enhance durability. 

This test method can provide critical preliminary data when estimating the durability of materials subjected to elevated in-service temperatures as high as 77 degrees Celsius (170 F).  

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM Committee D07 on Wood Next Meeting: April 13-14, 2016, April 2016 Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas.
Media Inquiries: Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602; dbergels@astm.org
Technical Contact: Jerry Winandy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn., tel +1.763.434.9365; jwinandy@umn.edu
ASTM Staff Contact: Kevin Shanahan, tel +1.610.832.9737; kshanahan@astm.org