ISO 834-12:2012 specifies the procedures to be followed for determining the fire resistance of non-load-bearing separating elements when exposed to heating on one face when the specimen size is such that a less than full scale fire resistance furnace is justified. This condition is particularly found in the testing of separating elements in transport applications since the end-use dimensions of the barrier products are often smaller than those specified in other parts of ISO 834. Specimen sizes requiring less than full size resistance furnaces are also found when testing elements to be fitted into a separating element, such as pipe penetration systems, ducts, dampers and cable transits.
The test is not appropriate for the evaluation of curtain walls (non-load-bearing external walls suspended from the ends of floor slabs) or walls containing doors or glazing. Tests of walls containing doors are covered by ISO 3008; tests of walls containing glazing are covered by ISO 3009.
The application of this test to other untested forms of construction is acceptable when the construction complies with the direct field of application as given in ISO 834-12:2012 or when it is subjected to a field of extended application analysis in accordance with ISO/TR 12470.