I have (2) different storage scenarios with the same product. They are empty 5 liter HDPE containers from 2 different manufactures and packaging slightly different but both having cardboard dividers and on wood pallets.
I am leaning towards exposed expanded encapsulated Group "A" on the pallet load without cardboard sides due to the row of containers enclosed in plastic bags.
The pallet load with the cardboard partial sides and full cardboard top would be the same due to having only partial sides.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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2/22/2023 07:34:13 am
I've done a couple of these for the half gallon/ 1 gallon size containers and went the same route.
2/22/2023 11:21:10 am
Referencing Appendix A.126.96.36.199 13-22 Ed.
2/22/2023 11:34:38 am
We have not had good luck trying to explain the difference in PET vs non-PET bottles with their characteristics being so similar.
3/3/2023 12:51:59 pm
The best shot you can have (in my opinion) is if you can find an MSDS or manufacturer sheet referring to the bottles as PET or polyethylene terephthalate and then you can rely on the code to do the heavy lifting for you. But most AHJ's will want some confirmation or substantiation that you specifically have PET plastic as the commodity if you're trying to use the more relaxed coverage allowed for PET plastic.
3/7/2023 12:59:25 am
PE (or HDPE) is unfortunately not to be considered as PET. Different chemical formula and different behavior.
2/22/2023 10:17:29 am
I don't see that as "expanded". Expanded Group A Plastic is a foam-like material with quantities of microscopic air-pockets dispersed through the mass. Think acoustical foam, packing peanuts, mattress foam, etc. Expanded Group A is created by a chemical reaction which is exothermal in most cases.
2/22/2023 12:18:47 pm
Plastic material categorization is quite difficult as very different fire behaviors are associated to each plastic.
2/23/2023 01:17:00 am
As a complement, a little bit of chemistry… that sometimes helps to understand how things burn…
3/6/2023 05:06:50 pm
I was thinking expanded because of the amount of air within the load after reading Franck's comments on an earlier posts.
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