Bavaria Yachtbau is one of Europe's largest yacht manufacturers and is the biggest yacht yard in Germany. Bavaria Yachtbau is also one of the top three global market leaders for yachts ranging from 30 to 56 feet.
For customers requring innovative testing, Exova Warringtonfire Frankfurt (now owned by Element Materials Technology) sought to expand on its fuel tank testing abilities in response to increasing demand in the marine sector. Highly reputed German Yacht manufacturer, Bavaria Yachtbau, was a customer seeking exactly that.
The Frankfurt laboratory of Exova Warringtonfire took up the challenge by extending its services to offer tests according to the norm 33 CFR. The new test aimed to asses the fire resistance of a fuel tank, where a fire bath is set on a railway line set up is used. The fire is aimed directly underneath the tank which is fitted within a chassis to resemble an operational application. The test includes timed fire exposure within a number of conditions, including damaged and vulnerable structures, to provide a highly effective measurement of resistance.