Fire-Testing Systems

For preventive fire protection, the appropriate choice of materials and components is essential in order to prevent fires altogether or prevent them from spreading. The basis for this decision are fire tests according to German, European and international standards used to classify the flammability and the burn rate of materials for the construction, textile, automobile and electrical industry.

 

For the construction industry, especially the reaction to fire of building materials with the resulting parameters flammability, flame spread, flaming droplets, combustibility, heat release, calorific value, smoke production and toxicity as well as the fire resistance of building components are of relevance.

The reaction to fire of all materials and structures used for construction such as facades, building and insulation material, plastics, gaskets and floor coverings is tested. Tests regarding fire resistance are performed on various components such as ceilings, walls, doors, windows, protective barriers, bracings, fire protective glazing and fire protection shutters.

Tests in the field/area of mobility focus on the flammability and flame spread rate of materials for the interior of vehicles such as interior lining / trim, seats and floor coverings for aviation, railed vehicles, road vehicles and ships.

The reaction to fire, especially the flame spread and flaming droplets, smoke density, insulation integrity and the formation of corrosive gases on impact of flames/fire of electrical, control and data cables are the basis of fire tests in the field of products of the electrical industry.

Textile Products, such as upholstery fabrics, curtains and drapes, decorative materials, floor coverings, protective clothing are primarily tested and classified for flammability, reaction to fire, dripping behavior.

The introduction of the European classification system is based on DIN EN 13501-1 (reaction to fire) and DIN EN 13501-2 (fire resistance). Fire tests can also be carried out in accordance with local ANZ standards including AS/NZS 3837, AS/NZS 1530 and AS/NZS IEC 60332.

 

KBT – Fire-Testing System for Cables

Fire-testing system for measuring the heat release and smoke production during flame spread tests on vertically mounted bunched cables and insulated wires, in accordance with EN 50399 and IEC 60332-3-10 (testing device)

KBK – Small Burner Box

Fire-testing system for determining the ignitability of building products subjected to direct impingement of flame – part 2: single-flame source test in accordance with DIN EN ISO 11925-2 for classification into Euroclasses B, C, D and E

HBK – Horizontal Burner Box

Fire-testing system for determining the reaction to fire of materials used for vehicle interiors when exposed to a single flame source, in accordance with ISO 3795, DIN 75200, FMVSS 302, GB 8410, IS 15061, CMVSS 302, U.T.A.C. 18-502, FAR 25.853 (horizontal, aircraft interiors, ECE R 118, Annex 6)

SBI - Single Burning Item

Fire-testing system for determining the reaction of building products to fire when exposed to thermal attack by a single burning item, in accordance with EN 13823

TCC 918 – Cone Calorimeter

Determination of the heat release rate, the dynamic smoke production and the mass-loss rate of specimens in horizontal orientation in accordance with to ISO 5660-1

TRDA – Smoke Density Test Device with Light Measurement System

Test device for determining the smoke production of materials during thermal decomposition in accordance with DIN 50055

TBB – Floor Radiant Panel

System for the reaction of floorings to fire tests – determination of the burning behavior using a radiant heat source in accordance with EN ISO 9239-1

UL94 – Fire-Testing System

Test device in accordance with UL94 5th edition, DIN EN 60695 part 11-10, DIN EN 60695 part 11-20, DIN EN 60695 part 11- 3, DIN EN 60695 part 11-4, and ISO 9773

TNB – Non-Combustibility Test Device

Fire-testing device for non-combustibility tests on building products with electrical heating tube in accordance with DIN EN ISO 1182

LOI – Oxygen Index Analyzer

Testing system for determining the burning behavior of plastics by oxygen index at ambient temperature in accordance with ISO 4589-2, DIN 22117 and ASTM D 2863