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Fabric Air Dispersion Systems Understanding Codes. DuctSox Corporation. Which Codes Apply to Fabric Duct?. ASTM E84 is the standard for "Surface Burning Characteristics“ of Building Materials.

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Fabric Air Dispersion Systems

Understanding Codes

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Which Codes Apply to Fabric Duct?

ASTM E84 is the standard for "Surface Burning Characteristics“ of Building Materials.

National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 90A is the standard for the installation of air conditioning and ventilation systems.

International Code Council Acceptance Criteria 167 describes the standards and evaluations for weight, permeability, pressure, erosion, surface burning characteristics, high temperature, low temperature, mold growth, humidity and acceptable quality control procedures for fabric air dispersion systems.

Underwriters Laboratory UL2518 is the UL standard for fabric air dispersion systems.

UL723 is the test used to classify a product as meeting the standards of ASTM-E84 and NFPA 90A and is part of section 6 of UL2518

UL2518 is also the approved method for testing Acceptance Criteria 167 .

Ensures Continued Compliance

UL Quarterly Plant Inspections

ASTM E83

Acceptance Criteria 167

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Fire Safety and Fabric Duct

The basic goal of fire protection codes and standards is to reduce risks associated with fires.

Many building authorities utilize the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 90A Code for Safety.

A Surface Burning test is typically used to determine the Flame and Smoke development characteristics of a Fabric duct system.

Flame spread ratings offer a general indication of the speed with which fire might spread across the surface of a material.

A material with a low smoke development value should provide better visibility in any given exit route during a fire.

Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is an independent organization that tests and classifies building materials to the NFPA 90A Code for Safety

UL's test procedure for NFPA 90A is UL723 (ASTM E84)

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How is a Product Tested?

A samples of the air dispersion system material (24’ x 2’) is evaluated for surface burning Characteristics.

The “Steiner Tunnel” burn chamber is used to perform the smoke and flame spread test.

The test specimen is supported in the top chamber by wire mesh.

A lid is used to seal the tunnel so that no air enters the chamber during testing.

Gas burners at one end of the tunnel provide a 4.5 foot (1.4 m) flame source for ignition.

A blower creates a controlled draft.

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How is a Product Tested?

Heat-resistant observation windows are located at one-foot intervals along one side of the tunnel so that the entire length of sample can be observed for the duration of the test. Three tests are performed.

A photometer is located at the opposite end or vent end of the tunnel and is used to indicate changes resulting from effluents, particulates or smoke.

The distance traveled by the flame is used to calculate the Flame Spread Index (FSI).

The amount of smoke generated during the burn is measured optically and is used to calculate the Smoke Developed Index (SDI).

All materials shall have a flame-spread index of not over 25 and a smoke-developed index of not over 50 in order to be UL Classified to NFPA 90A.

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Verona Fabric

Other Manufacturer

DuctSox-Verona

This test is designed to show the typical “Self Extinguishing” characteristics of a quality fabrics. Both products meet NFPA 90A

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Sedona XM Fabric

Other Manufacturer

DuctSox-Sedona XM

This test is designed to show the typical “Self Extinguishing” characteristics of a quality fabrics. Both products meet NFPA 90A

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UL2518 and ICC AC167 Testing

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DuctSox Classifications

DuctSox UL File

DuctSox is…..

UL Classified to

ICC AC167

Ul2518

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Fabric Air Dispersion Systems

Understanding Codes

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