Smoke-developed index

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Smoke-developed index (abbreviated SDI) is a measure of the concentration of smoke a material emits as it burns.[1] Like Flame Spread Index, it is based on an arbitrary scale in which asbestos-cement board has a value of 0, and red oak wood has 100. The SDI is measured using a horizontal test specimen, according to the Steiner tunnel test protocol.

The ASTM standard E84 defines a standard test method for surface flame spread and smoke density measurements.[2] A smoke-developed index between 0 and 450 is required by IBC section 803.1 for interior wall and ceiling finishes classes A, B and C.

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