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Standard Operating Procedures for Smolder Ignition Testing of Upholstery Fabrics



Rick D. Davis, Mauro Zammarano, Szabolcs Matko, Roland H. Kraemer


This manuscript describes a methodology to measure the influence of an upholstery cover fabric to promote smoldering mass loss of a small-scale mock-up. The primary test metric is total mock-up mass loss after 45 min exposure to the smoldering ignition source. The testing materials are available through NIST as Standard Reference Material (SRM) 1202: Fabric Smoldering Ignition Testing Materials.
Technical Note (NIST TN) - 1775
Report Number


Polyurethane foam, smoldering, furniture, flammability, SRM 1202¿
Created December 11, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017