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Fire Tests

Fire tests for plastics are essential to ensure safety in a wide range of industries. They are used to understand the specific fire behavior of plastics and identify potential hazards. A not insignificant factor is compliance with regulations, as many industries (e.g. construction, electronics and transportation) are subject to strict fire safety standards. 

Controlling the spread of fire is crucial to minimize the impact of fires, especially in buildings and vehicles. Fire testing also supports quality control by ensuring that plastics meet the required standards and guarantee product integrity. 

In product development, they help to design safe and high-quality products from the outset. In addition, fire testing plays a role in insurance and legal liability issues by enabling companies to prove that their products comply with safety standards. Overall, fire testing is essential to ensure safety, meet standards and minimize risks.

Dr. Irene Reuther
Group Manager | Special services and expert reports
Würzburg
i.reuther@skz.de
Ulli Eisenhut
Group Manager | Special Services and Expert Reports
Würzburg
u.eisenhut@skz.de

Further details on the process

Extract from our test methods

Test method with 50 W test flame, horizontal and vertical

  • UL 94
  • ASTM D 635
  • DIN EN 60695-11-10
  • DIN EN ISO 9773

Test method for edge and surface flaming

  • DIN 4104-1 (only fire class B2)
  • DIN 53483-2
  • DIN 53483-3
  • DIN EN ISO 11925-2

Test methods for motor vehicles, machinery for agriculture and forestry

  • DIN 75200
  • FMVSS 302 / CMVSS 302
  • DBL 5307
  • TL 1010
  • GS 97038
  • Volvo Standard STD 104-0001
  • ISO 3795
  • PV 3343
  • 95/28/EC (Annex IV only)

Test method with the glow wire

  • DIN EN ISO 60695-2-11
  • DIN EN ISO 60695-2-12
  • DIN EN ISO 60695-2-13
What component sizes and geometries can we test?

The test specimen geometries required for carrying out fire tests are based on the respective test standard or the exact test specifications. If the component geometry is suitable, the test specimens are usually taken from the components. Otherwise, they can also be produced from the material used by injection molding. We are also happy to support you here.

Technical test equipment
  • UL test chamber
  • Test chamber according to DIN 4102-1-B2
  • Test chamber according to FMVSS 302 / DIN 75200
  • Glow wire tester DIN EN 60695-2-10
What are typical areas of application for fire testing?

Construction:
In building materials, particularly insulating materials such as insulation or cladding, to ensure that they are fire safe and limit the spread of fire.

Electrical industry:
Plastics are often used in electronic devices and enclosures. Fire testing is critical to ensure that these materials meet electronic safety requirements.

Automotive and rail industry:
In the automotive and rail industries, plastics are used for various components such as interior panels, dashboards and engine compartment components. Fire testing is necessary to ensure the fire safety of these materials.

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