Element's textile flammability testing helps ensure compliance with safety standards and flammability requirements to manufacture safer products and reduce risks of burn injuries.
Fabrics and textiles can pose a considerable fire hazard; therefore, manufacturers of such products are required to conduct applicable testing to ensure they are safe and compliant with ever stringent safety standards, regulations, and industry requirements.
Element's fire testing experts perform flammability testing on a variety of textile fabrics, including:
- Decorative fabrics such as draperies or banners
- Consumer apparel and textile products
- Children's sleepwear
- Upholstery fabrics
- Industrial fabrics
- Camping and recreational tents
- Inflatable structure fabrics
- Textile fabrics used in the floor covering
We test materials as-received, after some form of conditioning or aging, and after accelerated weathering. We assess flame resistance and smolder resistance and apply targeted insults to investigate a particular combustion parameter such as char length, after flame, smoke production, weight loss, and heat release rate depending on the type of flammability exposure the material will face in the application.
Our laboratories are also equipped to offer screening tests and material development tests using the Cone Calorimeter apparatus. This will help you gain useful information on your fabric material's flammability characteristics to make informed decisions when selecting materials for a specific application.
The Element advantage
Element is a specialist partner in fire testing, providing a broad range of reaction to fire testing services for building materials, furniture, plastics, textiles, and materials used in passenger vehicles to customers all over the world. Partnering with us allows you to take advantage of our global network of laboratories, high level of expertise, and specialized test services.
For more information about our complete textile flammability testing offer or to request a quote, contact us today.
Standards we test to
Our experts conduct textile flammability testing in accordance with nationally recognized standards and regulations, including:
- 14 CFR 25 Appendix F, Part I
- 16 CFR part 1610, 16 CFR Part 1615
- ASTM D 6413, ASTM D 4108
- California Administrative Code Title 19, Part 1237.1
- CAN/CGSB-4.2 No. 27.1, No. 27.2, No. 27.4, No. 27.5, No. 27.6, & No. 27.10
- CAN/CGSB-155.1, 155.20, & 155.22
- CPAI 84 vertical & horizontal
- NFPA 701 (Test 1 & Test 2)
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