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 the 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 of less than 450 is required by IBC section 803.1 at interior walls and ceilings for all surface materials except trim.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2008-11-16.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.astm.org/Standards/E84.htm