How Fire Rated Assemblies Are Tested
It’s a New Year, so I thought I would play around with a new medium. I have pulled up a few old videos from various training segments I’ve recorded in the past 5 years. Here is a brief general discussion about how rated assemblies are tested. There is so much more I want you to know about this, but this is not a bad start and it segues into some of the older blog posts we have shared.
In order to make this information practical, so you can use it in the field, please remember that knowing how assemblies are tested helps you understand how they fail when not properly installed. Think about the hose stream test when you are looking at applications with large annular space, with insufficient annular space or installations with just a smear of sealant. These are both critical to the performance of a firestop installation. The various hyperlinks will bring you to different segments for further discussion if you are interested in learning more.
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UPDATE: Jan 6
I want to give a HUGE shout out to RICK BARONE for making a correction for me. This video clip was edited from one of the first classes I did when I started teaching again, and as with most things we are new at, there were errors. I noticed it during editing a few months ago but forgot to comment on it when I posted it. Rick says it better than I could so I will just include his comments here and say THANK YOU RICK. I love when people support others to do better.
“You have some inaccuracies in the video…The time temperature curve is controlled by the test facility….If your test specimens furnace isn’t at 1000f at 5 minutes it will be because the lab tech didn’t maintain the time temp curve within the prescribe tolerance. The customer doesn’t fail, the lab must abort the test and rerun..usually at their own cost if they are a credible lab…but a nice start with a new communication vehicle..” Rick Barone 1/5/2017