Fire testing using iCone Cone Calorimeter from FTT. We will do testing similar to ISO 5660-1 and will use the data to calculate and predict results according to Room Corner Test (ISO 9705) and Small Burning Item SBI (EN 13823)
This test method is used for fire technical modelling. The cone calorimeter test is used when testing products that are under development. A whole range of different data can be compared in order to improve materials fire properties during development and eliminate products does not meet the required fire characteristics.
The following parameters are measured when testing according to ISO 5660, heat release rate (kW/m2), total heat release (MJ/m2), mass loss (g/s), effective net heat of combustion (MJ/kg) and smoke production rate (m2/s).
When testing a product according to ISO 5660, a sample with the dimension 100 mm x 100 mm is subjected to a specific irradiance level. The surface of the sample is heated and starts to emit pyrolysis gases that ignite by a spark igniter. The emitted gases are collected in a hood and transported away through a ventilation system. The heat release is measured using the data on measured oxygen concentration in the emitted smoke. The smoke production is measured continually throughout the test with a laser system. Test procedure
The measured data is processed by ConeCalc software and presented in a standard report.
The test is not certified and does not include a certificate. The purpose of the test is to give an indication of the materials ignitability during a material development project. After testing you will have a better understanding of the materials properties for further material development or to make a decision to proceed to certification testing.
To do a full certification test you need to turn to an accredited certification laboratory.
You need to prepare the sample material and sent to us.
Each material must be prepared in samples 100×100 mm times the number of samples you decide for. Marking should be for example Material A Sample 1 OR A1, A2, A3,,, B1, B2 Or any other systematic way you prefer.
Organic and hygroscopic materials must be acclimatized otherwise the test will fail. You can let us acclimatize your material for you or you can do it yourself. If you do it you need to pack the material in a airtight and sealed packaging. If we will acclimate your materials we will put it in a climate chamber until the weight of the material is stable. The time for this could be 24 h up to several weeks depending of the material composition and thickness.
Planing a test it is usually a good idea to use a reference material (similar material that meets the standard that you aiming for) and maybe a zero-sample (similar material with no flame retardant)
We will report by a pdf file by e-mail including a table with raw data and compilation.
We will not return any samples.