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    Author(s): Robert H. White; Mark A. DietenbergerNicole M. Stark
    Date: 2007
    Source: Proceedings of the 18th annual conference on recent advances in flame retardancy of polymeric materials. Norwalk, CT : BCC Research, c2007: ISBN: 1596232218: 9781596232211: Pages 326-337.
    Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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    New technologies in building materials have resulted in the use of a wide variety of materials in decks. As part of our effort to address fire concerns in the wildland-urban interface, the Forest Products Laboratory has been examining the fire performance of decking products. In addition to preservative-treated wood, decking products include wood-plastic composites and imported wood species. Requirements for wood-plastic composites are often based on expectation for untreated wood. Claims for imported wood species have included Class A flame spread ratings. This paper discusses results of cone calorimeter tests conducted on a variety of wood-based decking materials.

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    White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Stark, Nicole M. 2007. Cone calorimeter tests of wood-based decking materials. In: Lewin, Manachem, Ed. Proceedings of the 18th annual conference on recent advances in flame retardancy of polymeric materials. 2007 May 20-23; Stamford, CT. Norwalk, CT: BCC Research. II: 326-337. c2007: ISBN: 1596232218: 9781596232211.


    Durability, wood-plastic composites, composite materials, fire testing, preservative treated wood, decks, calorimetry, fire risk assessment, wood, review article, wood-plastic composites, treated wood, fire resistance, flammability, cone calorimetry, fire hazard

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