If yes, then you need effective testing – for quality control, research, and certification purposes.
Textile flammability is not a simple function, where the 'burning behaviour' of the material can be predicted under all circumstances. The subject is complex; and has resulted in the development of a wide spectrum of test methods, some of which are specific to particular end-uses.Peter Goodwin, Technical Specialist, James Heal
We’ve explored this topic in our recent technical article:
For busy laboratories, test equipment such as James Heal’s recently re-designed and upgraded FlexiBurn, can ensure that testing is carried out in accordance with national and international standards.
As well as improved usability, FlexiBurn now uses James Heal’s flagship TestWise software, making it quick to learn and even easier to operate:
The following standards can be carried out on FlexiBurn:
Methods of test for flammability of vertically oriented textile fabrics and fabric assemblies subjected to a small igniting flame.
Specification for flammability performance of fabrics and fabric assemblies used in sleepwear and dressing gowns.
Fabrics for curtains, drapes and window blinds – flammability requirements – specification.
Materials and material assemblies used in clothing for protection against heat and flame. Specification for flammability testing and performance.
Specification for flammability performance for textiles used in construction of marquees and similar textile structures.
CAN/CGSB -4.2 No 27.10
Flame resistance – vertically oriented textile fabric or fabric assembly test.
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour-curtains and drapes – detailed procedure to determine the ignitability of vertically oriented specimens (small flame).
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour-curtains and drapes – detailed procedure to determine the flame spread of vertically oriented specimens (small flame).
Textiles – fabrics for apparel – detailed procedure to determine the burning behaviour.
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour – curtains and drapes – measurement of flame spread of vertically oriented specimens with a large ignition source.
Textiles – Burning behaviour of children’s nightwear – specification.
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour of industrial and technical textiles – procedure to determine the flame spread of vertically oriented specimens.
Textiles and textile products – Burning behaviour of industrial and technical textiles – procedure to determine the ignitability of vertically oriented specimens.
Safety of Toys Part 2 – Flammability
IMO Resolution A471 (X11)
Test Method for determining the resistance to flame of vertically supported textiles and films.
IMO Resolution A563
Test Method amendments to A471 (X11)
IMO Resolution MSC.61(67)
International code for application of fire test procedures.
Protective clothing – Protection against flame – method of test for limited flame spread.
Textile fabrics –Burning behaviour – determination of ease of ignition of vertically oriented specimens.
Textile fabrics – Burning behaviour – measurement of flame spread properties of vertically oriented specimens.
Burning behaviour of slippers.
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