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GB/T 42924.1-2023
ICS 83.080.01
CCS G 31
GB/T 42924.1-2023
Plastics - Smoke generation - Determination of the
corrosivity of fire effluents - Part 1: General concepts and
(ISO 11907-1:2019, MOD)
Issued by: State Administration for Market Regulation;
Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China.
Table of Contents
Foreword ... 3
Introduction ... 5
1 Scope ... 6
2 Normative references ... 6
3 Terms and definitions ... 6
4 Purpose ... 7
5 Combustion scenarios and general factors affecting generation of released products 9
6 Type of fire effluent tests ... 9
7 Applicability of test results ... 11
8 Treatment after exposure of corrosion targets ... 11
Bibliography ... 13
Smoke corrosivity refers to the reduction in functionality of a material or product due
to the corrosive effect of smoke. All fire effluents and thermal effects, including the
heat released, are corrosive to a certain extent. Therefore, smoke corrosivity is one of
the important factors when assessing the extent of fire damage and losses. However,
there are many and complex factors that affect the degree of smoke corrosion damage,
which may include the following aspects:
- combustion growth rate, which determines the concentration of the effluent;
- the volume into which the effluent diffuses;
- ventilation conditions of the box, including windows, smoke exhaust vents, and
mechanical ventilation;
- the nature of the combustible materials involved in the fire;
- the nature and composition of the exposed surface;
- exposure time;
- conditions for pyrolysis (heat flow, oxygen) and conditions for combustion;
- specific environmental conditions (temperature and humidity) of the contact
- effectiveness of active and passive fire protection, fire suppression, and smoke
management systems.
At present, there is no smoke corrosivity determination method related to the plastic
field in China, so it is necessary to develop it to provide technical support for subsequent
related research work. GB/T 42924 aims to provide a method for determining the
corrosivity of fire effluents of plastics and is intended to consist of two parts.
- Part 1: General concepts and applicability. The purpose is to provide guidance on
the applicability of the corrosivity test of fire effluents in GB/T 42924.4, introduce
other existing test methods, and illustrate the differences between acidity,
corrosivity, and toxicity.
- Part 4: Dynamic decomposition method using a conical radiant heater. The purpose
is to provide users with a specific dynamic test method for the corrosivity of fire
NOTE: Two other methods, ISO 11907-2 and ISO 11907-3, were used in the past but are no longer
used. The relevant international standards have been abolished.
Plastics - Smoke generation - Determination of the
corrosivity of fire effluents - Part 1: General concepts and
1 Scope
This document defines terms related to smoke corrosivity, smoke acidity, and smoke
toxicity. It proposes a scenario-based approach to control smoke corrosivity. It describes
the test methods for evaluating smoke corrosivity at laboratory scale. It discusses the
applicability of the tests and post-exposure conditions.
This document applies to the determination of the corrosivity of smoke generated by
combustion of materials.
2 Normative references
The following referenced documents are indispensable for the application of this
document. For dated references, only the edition cited applies. For undated references,
the latest edition of the referenced document (including any amendments) applies.
GB/T 16172 Test method for heat release rate of building materials (GB/T 16172-
2007, ISO 5660-1:2002, IDT)
ISO 13943 Fire safety - Vocabulary
3 Terms and definitions
For the purpose of this document, the terms and definitions defined in ISO 13943 and
the following apply.
smoke corrosivity
The extent to which the functionality of a material or product is reduced due to the
corrosive effects of smoke.
smoke acidity
- provide guidance on the applicability of fire effluent corrosivity tests in GB/T
- introduce other existing test methods;
- explain the differences between acidity, corrosivity, and toxicity.
The definitions in Clause 3 are provided to avoid confusion between smoke corrosivity,
smoke acidity, and smoke toxicity. Acid gas emissions are sometimes used as an indirect
assessment of smoke corrosivity. This is usually evaluated by dissolving a known
amount of fire effluent in a known volume of water, and then testing the resulting
solution for pH, conductivity, or acid concentration. However, smoke corrosivity is not
exactly equivalent to the above values.
Smoke corrosiveness is related to the fire effluent and the conditions under which it
propagates to the corrosion target. It is also affected by the exposure time and the length
of placement time after exposure. Some fire effluents are alkaline, some are acidic,
some are organic matter, and some are inorganic matter. Often, condensation of water
is a factor that enhances corrosivity. The method specified in GB/T 42924.4 improves
the technology for evaluating the corrosivity of combustion materials.
Smoke acidity is related to the change in pH value of a certain volume of liquid after
exposure to the fire effluent. The acidity of smoke-forming liquids during combustion
is related to the released amount of acid gases (usually hydrogen chloride, hydrogen
bromide and hydrogen fluoride) and organic acids (such as acetic acid or formic acid).
GB/T 17650.2 describes the method for determining the smoke acidity by measuring
the pH value or conductivity of an aqueous solution of combustion products. Usually
about 1 g of material is decomposed in a tube furnace at a temperature of 750 ℃ ~
950 ℃, while air is introduced, and the flue gas generated by combustion is collected
through a cleaning bottle filled with deionized water, and then its pH value and
conductivity are analyzed.
GB/T 17650.1 describes the methods for measuring halogen content in combustion
products. This method is commonly used for cable materials. A sample with a mass of
approximately 0.5 g ~ 1 g is heated in a tube furnace (usually 800 °C). The decomposed
gases are collected and processed through a cleaning bottle containing aqueous sodium
hydroxide solution to absorb all acidic gases. Then use traditional wet chemical
methods (see ISO 19701) to determine the contents of chloride ions, bromide ions, and
fluoride ions. Results are generally expressed in HCl equivalents.
The toxicity and corrosivity of fire effluents are entirely different. Toxicity refers to
adverse effects on living organisms, while corrosivity refers to damage to equipment,
usually caused by damage to metal parts.
NOTE: GB/T 38310 and ISO 13571 give useful information on the toxicity of fire effluents.
products is expressed as a function of the increase in resistance of the corrosion target
within 1 h of exposure to combustion products.
NOTE: The static test method of ISO 11907-2 has been abolished.
6.3 Dynamic decomposition method
6.3.1 General
The dynamic decomposition method is that the sample is burned in an air flow, and the
air flow transports the combustion products to the corrosion target location.
These methods do not limit test scale and may therefore be suitable for testing certain
industrial products.
Control variables for these methods include combustion temperature, combustion time,
effluent flow rate, and effluent air dilution ratio. The temperature and relative humidity
of the test environment and the temperature of the corrosion target are not conditions
that need to be controlled. This means that during dynamic test, unless post-combustion
exposures are performed in a separate combustion chamber, corrosion patterns (with or
without condensation) are generally not precisely controlled.
The method described in ISO 11907-3 and the method described in GB/T 42924.4 are
dynamic test methods.
NOTE: This method of ISO 11907-3 has been abolished.
6.3.2 GB/T 42924.4
In this test, after testing according to GB/T 16172, some of the decomposed or burned
products are taken from the top of the conical radiant heater and continuously passed
through a 11.2 L exposure chamber at a rate of 4.5 L/min. The average residence time
of the combustion products in the exposure chamber is about 150 s. Expose the
corrosion target to the corrosion products for 1 h, and then expose the corrosion target
to a controlled relative humidity and temperature environment in a separate chamber
for 24 h. Monitor the increase in resistance of the corrosion target, and calculate the
decrease in metal thickness on the corrosion target based on the increase in resistance.
NOTE: This test method is similar to ASTM D5485.
6.3.3 IEC/TS 60695-5-3
This method is described in GB/T 5169.36. This method is used to measure electric
leakage and metal corrosion damage. The sample is decomposed in a quartz glass tube
(see GB/T 17650.1), and the fire effluent is sent into the collection chamber where the
corrosion target is located. A variety of different corrosion damage assessment
indicators are used, and electric leakage assessment is performed using specified
corrosion targets. The placement after exposure is performed under the condition of
increased relative humidity.
NOTE: This method of IEC/TS 60695-5-3 has been abolished.
7 Applicability of test results
Corrosion damage caused by fire effluents can be extrapolated from one fire scenario
to another. Before any extrapolation can be made to actual scale fires, the results of the
corrosion tests need to be carefully analyzed.
The test procedure shall be designed so that the test results can be applied to actual
corrosion damage analysis and used as part of the overall fire hazard analysis. To ensure
that the results of damage assessment are valid, work on designing fire response tests
is constantly evolving. Therefore, as this and other related work progresses, common
concepts and applications in this document will be superseded.
Three test methods are listed below.
a) The corrosion target is an industrial product. The impact of the fire effluent on the
product can be assessed by detecting or measuring the functional degradation
b) The corrosion target is a reference material for simulated products. The impact of
the fire effluent on the reference material can be assessed by measurements, for
example, of changes in shape or mass, or changes in mechanical, physical, or
electrical properties. Details of the principles and general requirements for this
type of corrosion assessment can be found in GB/T 19291 and GB/T 14293.
c) Indirect assessment method. This method does not use corrosion targets, but
measures properties of gases and vapors, such as the pH value or conductivity of
the liquid in which the fire effluent is dissolved. Indirect assessment method
primarily measures acidity, not corrosivity. There is no necessary connection
between these two parameters. The advantage of this assessment is that it is
relatively simple, but the disadvantage is that corrosion damage cannot be
measured. It shall be assumed that a certain level of the measured parameter
corresponds to unacceptable corrosion results. If independent measurements are
made to establish this correlation, this only applies to a given scenario.
8 Treatment after exposure of corrosion targets
After exposure to the fire effluent, it may need to let stand for a period of time before
measurements can be taken. A shorter placement time (e.g., 1 h ~ 24 h) is used to
simulate the possible corrosion on surfaces that are contaminated by fire effluent and
cleaned relatively quickly, and a longer placement time (e.g., several months) is used
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