HTB-048 Fire Propagation Index Test Apparatus
This Part of BS 476 specifies a method of test, the result being
expressed as a fire propagation index, that provides a comparative
measure of the contribution to the growth of fire made by an
essentially flat material, composite or assembly. It is primarily
intended for the assessment of the
performance of internal wall and ceiling linings
The test apparatus (see Figure 1 to Figure 3) shall consist of a
combustion chamber with a
specimen holder fixed to one face. The combustion chamber shall
contain a horizontal gas burner tube and two electrical heating
elements and shall be surmounted by a removable steel chimney and
The walls of the chamber shall be made from 12.5 mm thick asbestos
cement board2) having a dry density within the range 1 300 kg/m3 to
1 450 kg/m3. The internal dimensions of the chamber shall be 190 mm
× 190 mm × 90 mm.
An air inlet slot measuring 96 mm × 25 mm and a mica observation
window measuring 50 mm × 50 mm shall be provided together with a
hole for the discharge of combustion gases and a suitable fixing
for the chimney and cowl.
A steel baffle plate 200 mm × 40 mm shall be fixed horizontally to
the top of the combustion chamber above the window. Four steel rods
shall be fitted to the combustion chamber to enable the specimen
holder to be located and fixed firmly in position during each test.
After allowing any residual gas within the combustion chamber to
turn on the gas supply and ignite the jets using the gas igniter;
time the test from the time of ignition.
After 2 min 45 s, turn on the electrical supply to give an
indicated input of 1 800 W; at 5 min after
the time of ignition, reduce this indicated input to 1 500 W.