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Working Group 4 : Testing/Standardisation

Working Group 4 deals with testing, standardisation and safety regulations regarding flame retardant textiles. Public concern over fire safety has resulted in legislations to control flammability specifications. The fire performance of a material can be quantified on the basis of observations and measurements of its response in laboratory tests. A large number of tests are available and each test is (often) unique. New tests would be proposed; modifications to the existing standards will be proposed via discussion between members and experts from industry and government. Tremendous progress has been made in the past few decades in our understanding of the physics and chemistry of fire, mathematical modelling of fire phenomena and measurement techniques in order to predict the performance of a (textile) material in a range of scenarios. However, there will always be materials that exhibit a behaviour that cannot be captured in benchscale testing and computer models. The fire performance of those materials can only be determined in full-scale tests. Still current small- or large-scale flammability tests are not fully able to reliably predict fire scenarios. Tests might be superseded by fundamentally based small-scale test methods for making material property measurements that can be used as input to validated end-use computer models. Testing of course will be done in strong cooperation with partners from industry as well as from research institutes and the academic world. Inter-laboratory tests for evaluation of commercial and R&D materials for determining their efficacy are also planned.

  • According to the requirements needed for the different application (sub)sectors, new test methods and performance standards can be developed.
  • Durability tests for the novel FR will be standardised as well.
  • Two standardisation meetings will be organised.
  • Flammability tests might be superseded by fundamentally based small-scale test methods for making material property measurements that can be used as input to validated end-use computer models.
  • Testing will be done in strong cooperation with partners from industry as well as from research institutes and the academic world.

Scientific coordinators for the Working Group 4:

  • Dr. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , CH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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