Information about IMO 2010 FTP Code part 8

Fire test of upholstered furniture.

Standard

Recommendation on fire test procedures for upholstered furniture (methods of test for the ignitability by smokers’ materials of upholstered composites for seating).

Why test according to this standard?

The standard is used for maritime safety to assess the ignitability of material combinations, such as covers and fillings used in upholstered seating, when subjected to a smouldering cigarette and a match flame equivalent as ignition source.

Example of materials that can be tested according to this standard

Combinations of covering and filling materials that are used in upholstered furniture.

Covers/fabrics can also be tested in combination with standard fillings.

Sample dimensions

Complete test (2 tests with every ignition source) Cover/inner cover/interliner/wadding, 3 samples with dimension 800 x 650 mm.
Filling, 3 samples with dimension 450 x 300 x 75 mm.
Filling, 3 samples with dimension 450 x 150 x 75 mm.
One test for informative purpose One part of each cover and filling described above.

Short test description

The tests are performed in a test cabinet with a calibrated air flow. The cover fabric and the filling are put in a test rig to create a small sofa with a 90º angle between seat and back. The ignition sources are located in the junction between seat and back.

During the cigarette test the test assembly is not allowed to smoulder after one hour from the beginning of the test. The test assembly is also not allowed to smoulder to the extremities of the specimen.

The test assembly is subjected to a gas flame equivalent to a match flame for 20 seconds. No flaming is allowed to continue for more than 120 seconds after removal of the burner tube.

The cover fabric and the filling are put in a test rig to create a small sofa with a 90º angle between seat and back. The ignition sources are located in the junction between seat and back.

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