Flammability Testing of Materials Used in Construction, Transport, and Mining

Flammability Testing of Materials Used in Construction, Transport, and Mining

2nd Edition - November 17, 2021

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  • Editor: Vivek Apte
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028018
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081028186

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Flammability Testing of Materials used in Construction, Transport, and Mining, Second Edition provides an authoritative guide to current best practice in ensuring fire-safe design. The book begins by discussing the fundamentals of flammability, measurement techniques, and the main types of fire tests for various applications. Building on this foundation, a group of chapters then reviews tests for key materials used in the building, transport, and mining sectors. There are chapters on wood products, external cladding, and sandwich panels as well as the flammability of walls and ceilings linings. Tests for upholstered furniture and mattresses, cables, and electrical appliances are also reviewed. A final group of chapters discusses fire tests for the transport sector, including those for railway passenger cars, aircraft, road and rail tunnels, ships, and submarines. There is also a chapter on tests for spontaneous ignition of solid materials. With its distinguished international team of contributors, Flammability Testing of Materials used in Construction, Transport, and Mining is an invaluable reference for fire safety, civil, chemical, mechanical, mining and transport engineers. In this revised edition, the latest information is provided on fire testing of products, systems, components, and materials used across these essential sectors, with all regulations and standards brought up to date.

Key Features

  • Relays all new developments in fire safety standards, regulations and performance requirements
  • Covers a broad range of infrastructure sectors such as construction, transport, and mining
  • Updated to include cutting-edge fire tests and the latest iteration of standards including ISO, ASTM, and EN


Researchers and all those involved in fire testing standards (manufacturers, regulators and practitioners); scientists and engineers working in the fire safety of materials, high performance polymers and fire retardants; PhD and Masters students working on fire safety engineering or polymeric materials

Table of Contents

  • 1. Understanding material flammability
    Chris Lautenberger
    2. Fundamental measurement techniques
    Marc Janssens
    3. Flammability of wood products
    Birgit Anna-Lisa Östman
    4. Flammability tests for external cladding on buildings
    Kevin Frank, Ed Soja and Colleen Wade
    5. Fire hazard assessment of wall and ceiling fire spread in rooms
    Colleen Wade and Greg Baker
    6. Fire behaviour of sandwich panels
    Patrick Van Hees
    7. Flammability tests for upholstered furniture and mattresses
    Charles M. Fleischmann
    8. Flammability tests for cables
    Bjorn Sundstrom
    9. Flammability tests for electrical appliances
    Margaret Simonson McNamee
    10. Flammability tests for regulation of building and construction materials
    Laura Hasburgh and Kuma Sumathipala
    11. Fire testing in road and railway tunnels
    Haukur Ingason
    12. Flammability tests for aircraft
    J.M. Peterson
    13. Flammability testing in the mining sector
    H.C. Verakis
    14. Flammability tests for railway passenger cars
    R.D. Peacock and R.W. Bukowski
    15. Ships and submarines
    Brian Lattimer
    16. Tests for spontaneous ignition of solid materials
    H. Wang and Bogdan Z. Dlugogorski

Product details

  • No. of pages: 464
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2021
  • Published: November 17, 2021
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028018
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081028186

About the Editor

Vivek Apte

Dr Vivek Apte is an accredited consulting fire safety engineer and the founding director of AV Fire Engineering Pty Ltd in Sydney. After completing his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Newcastle and post-doctoral work at Sydney University, Vivek has worked in Australia as a research scientist, engineer, consultant, and visiting lecturer for more than three decades. Covering academia, the government, and the private sector, his career has included time at CSIRO, Sydney University, the University of Western Sydney, and WorkCover New South Wales.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founding Director, AV Fire Engineering Pty Ltd., Sydney, Australia

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