Flame Test Standards

FT1 Vertical Flame Test
per C.S.A. C22.2 No. 0.3-92 Para 4.11.1
A finished cable shall not propagate a flame or continue to burn for more than one (1) minute after five (5) fifteen (15) second applications of the test flame. There is an interval of fifteen (15) seconds between flame applications. The flame test shall be performed in accordance with Para 4.11.1 of Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Standard C22.2 No. 0.3. In addition, if more than 25% of the indicator flag is burned, the test cable fails.

FT4 Vertical Flame Test
Cables in Cable Trays per C.S.A. C22.2 No. 0.3-92 Para 4.11.4
Similar to the UL-1581 Vertical Tray Flame Test, but is more severe. The FT4 test has its burner mounted at 20° from the horizontal with the burner ports facing up. The UL-1581 Vertical Tray has its burner at 0° from the horizontal. The FT4 samples must be larger than 13mm (.512") in diameter.

If not, then the cable samples are grouped in units of at least three (3) to obtain a grouped overall diameter of 13mm. The UL-1581 Vertical Tray does not distinguish on cable size. The FT4 has a maximum char height of 1.5 m (59") measured from the lower edge of the burner face. The UL-1581 has a flame height allowable up to approximately 78" measured from the burner.

FT6 Horizontal Flame & Smoke Test
per C.S.A. C22.2 No. 0.3-92 Appendix B
Cables passing the FT6 Horizontal Flame and Smoke Test are designated FT6 in the column where the trade number appears. This test is for cables which must pass a Horizontal Flame and Smoke Test in accordance with ANSI/NFPA Standard 262-1985 (UL-910). The maximum flame spread shall be 1.50 meters (4.92 ft.). The smoke density shall be 0.5 at peak optical density and 0.15 at maximum average optical density.

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