Appendix F to Part 23 - Test Procedure
Acceptable test procedure for self-extinguishing materials for showing compliance with §§23.853, 23.855 and 23.1359.
(a) Conditioning. Specimens must be conditioned to 70 degrees F, plus or minus 5 degrees, and at 50 percent plus or minus 5 percent relative humidity until moisture equilibrium is reached or for 24 hours. Only one specimen at a time may be removed from the conditioning environment immediately before subjecting it to the flame.
(b) Specimen configuration.
Except as provided for materials used in electrical wire and cable
insulation and in small parts, materials must be tested either as a
section cut from a fabricated part as installed in the airplane or as a
specimen simulating a cut section, such as: a specimen cut from a flat
sheet of the material or a model of the fabricated part. The specimen may
be cut from any location in a fabricated part; however, fabricated units,
such as sandwich panels, may not be separated for a test. The specimen
thickness must be no thicker than the minimum thickness to be qualified
for use in the airplane, except that: (1) Thick foam parts, such as seat
cushions, must be tested in
(c) Apparatus. Except as provided in paragraph (g) of this appendix, tests must be conducted in a draft-free cabinet in accordance with Federal Test Method Standard 191 Method 5903 (revised Method 5902) which is available from the General Services Administration, Business Service Center, Region 3, Seventh and D Streets SW., Washington, D.C. 20407, or with some other approved equivalent method. Specimens which are too large for the cabinet must be tested in similar draft-free conditions.
(d) Vertical test. A minimum of
three specimens must be tested and the results averaged. For fabrics, the
direction of weave corresponding to the most critical flammability
conditions must be parallel to the longest dimension. Each specimen must
be supported vertically. The specimen must be exposed to a Bunsen or
Tirrill burner with a nominal
(e) Horizontal test. A minimum of
three specimens must be tested and the results averaged. Each specimen
must be supported horizontally. The exposed surface when installed in the
airplane must be face down for the test. The specimen must be exposed to a
Bunsen burner or Tirrill burner with a nominal
(f) Forty-five degree test. A
minimum of three specimens must be tested and the results averaged. The
specimens must be supported at an angle of 45 degrees to a horizontal
surface. The exposed surface when installed in the aircraft must be face
down for the test. The specimens must be exposed to a Bunsen or Tirrill
burner with a nominal
(g) Sixty-degree test. A minimum of three specimens of each wire specification (make and size) must be tested. The specimen of wire or cable (including insulation) must be placed at an angle of 60 degrees with the horizontal in the cabinet specified in paragraph (c) of this appendix, with the cabinet door open during the test or placed within a chamber approximately 2 feet high × 1 foot × 1 foot, open at the top and at one vertical side (front), that allows sufficient flow of air for complete combustion but is free from drafts. The specimen must be parallel to and approximately 6 inches from the front of the chamber. The lower end of the specimen must be held rigidly clamped. The upper end of the specimen must pass over a pulley or rod and must have an appropriate weight attached to it so that the specimen is held tautly throughout the flammability test. The test specimen span between lower clamp and upper pulley or rod must be 24 inches and must be marked 8 inches from the lower end to indicate the central point for flame application. A flame from a Bunsen or Tirrill burner must be applied for 30 seconds at the test mark. The burner must be mounted underneath the test mark on the specimen, perpendicular to the specimen and at an angle of 30 degrees to the vertical plane of the specimen. The burner must have a nominal bore of three-eighths inch, and must be adjusted to provide a three-inch-high flame with an inner cone approximately one-third of the flame height. The minimum temperature of the hottest portion of the flame, as measured with a calibrated thermocouple pyrometer, may not be less than 1,750 °F. The burner must be positioned so that the hottest portion of the flame is applied to the test mark on the wire. Flame time, burn length, and flaming time drippings, if any, must be recorded. The burn length determined in accordance with paragraph (h) of this appendix must be measured to the nearest one-tenth inch. Breaking of the wire specimen is not considered a failure.
(h) Burn length. Burn length is the distance from the original edge to the farthest evidence of damage to the test specimen due to flame impingement, including areas of partial or complete consumption, charring, or embrittlement, but not including areas sooted, stained, warped, or discolored, nor areas where material has shrunk or melted away from the heat source.
[Amdt. 23-23, 43 FR 50594, Oct. 30, 1978, as
amended by Amdt. 23-34, 52 FR 1835, Jan. 15, 1987; 52 FR 34745, Sept. 14,
1987; Amdt. 23-49, 61 FR 5170, Feb. 9, 1996]