Element's fire testing laboratories provide complete testing services of materials used in transportation. We test against ASTM E162, ASTM E662, and other standards to assess combustibility properties, limiting the flame spread and smoke production, which is critical in a developing fire to escape from the scene. 

The transportation industry requires fire testing on all materials used in passenger vehicles, especially those considered to be enclosed spaces. Element's experts are well versed in all of the primary testing methods and procedures for fire testing on materials used in transportation as required by industry standards and government agencies such as the Federal Railroad Administration, Transport Canada, the Federal Aviation Administration, and more.

We test cushions, mattresses, fabrics, seats and mattress frames, wall and ceiling panels, seat and toilet shrouds, tray and table partitions, shelves, opaque windscreens, end caps, roof housings, component boxes and covers, flexible foam padding for armrest and seats, thermal and acoustic insulation, HVAC ducting, floor covering, light diffusers, windows, transparent plastic windscreens, window gaskets, door nosings, inter-car diaphragms, roof mats, and seat springs.  

Our experts have an in-depth knowledge of fire safety regulations. They can conduct testing against ASTM E162, ASTM E662, and other standards to assess various flammability properties of your material: flame propagation, flame resistance, surface flammability, burn rate, smoke generation and toxicity, critical radiant flux, and rate of heat release.  

The Element advantage

With our ISO 17025 certified laboratories outfitted with advanced equipment, a full suite of fire testing methods, and our broad technical experience, we prove time and again why we are the most trusted testing partner in the transportation industry worldwide. Our goal is to ensure that the materials utilized in passenger vehicles limit combustion potential in a fire, allowing time for safe evacuation and firefighting.

For more information about our complete service offering or to request a quote, contact us today. 


Our fire testing laboratories are accredited to conduct fire testing of materials used in transportation against many national and international standards, including: 

  • ASTM C1166, ASTM D3675, ASTM E162, ASTM E648 , ASTM E662, ASTM E970, ASTM E1354 
  • Boeing BSS 7239 
  • Bombardier SMP 800-c 
  • CAL TB 133
  • MVSS 302 (CMVSS 302 /FMVSS 302) 

Our team of over 9,000 Engaged Experts in North America, Europe, The Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa are ready to help you.