ASTM D2863 is a method to determine the minimum concentration of oxygen in an oxygen mixture that will support a flaming burn in a plastic specimen. There is no correlation to real end use conditions.
This test method provides for the measuring of the minimum concentration of oxygen in a flowing mixture of oxygen and nitrogen that will just support flaming combustion of plastics. Correlation with burning characteristics under actual use conditions is not implied.
In this test method, the specimens are subjected to one or more specific sets of laboratory test conditions. If different test conditions are substituted or the end-use conditions are changed, it is not always possible by or from this test to predict changes in the fire-test-response characteristics measured.
This test method covers a fire-test-response procedure and describes a procedure for measuring the minimum concentration of oxygen that just supports flaming combustion in a flowing mixture of oxygen and nitrogen.This fire-test-response standard describes a procedure for measuring the minimum concentration of oxygen, expressed as percent volume, that will just support flaming combustion in a flowing mixture of oxygen and nitrogen.
This test method provides three testing procedures. Procedure A involves top surface ignition, Procedure B involves propagating ignition, and Procedure C is a short procedure involving the comparison with a specified minimum value of the oxygen index.Test specimens used for this test method are prepared into one of six types of specimens (see Table 1).
Therefore, the results are valid only for the fire-test-exposure conditions described in this test method.