Our customers test foam to evaluate conformance to a specification, to compare multiple materials, or to determine the properties of foam. Element experts can evaluate foam alone, or as part of a complete product evaluation. Foam testing is often conducted in association with product flammability testing or product durability testing. Element provides independent testing services to the mattress and furniture industries.
ASTM D3574, "Standard Test Methods for Flexible Cellular Materials – Slab, Bonded, and Molded Urethane Foams," is the most commonly referenced test method for urethane foam, and the standard contains several individual test methods for determining various properties of flexible cellular materials. However, there are many test standards for foam and foam mattresses or other bedding items.
Services and Standards
Foam Testing ServicesDensity - Determines the weight (mass) of a specific volume of foam. Commonly reported at lbs/ft3.
16 CFR Part 1632. 16 CFR Part 1633
ASTM C 272, ASTM D3574 (B1 & B2), ASTM F1566 (6, 7, & 9)
BFD IX-11 Open-flame mattress
CA TB116, CA TB117
GMNA GM3802M, GMNA GM6083M
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