Information about IMO 2010 FTP Code part 9

Ignitability test for bedding components.

Standard

Test for bedding components.

Why test according to this standard?

The standard is used for maritime safety to assess the ignitability of mattresses, upholstered bed bases, quilts, blankets, pillows etc., when subjected to smouldering cigarettes and a flame similar to a burning match as ignition source.

This test method only evaluates the ignitability of mattresses, upholstered bed bases, quilts, blankets, pillows etc. To evaluate the burning behaviour, the object needs to be tested in full scale with larger ignition sources.

Examples of material that can be tested according to this standard

Mattresses, upholstered bed bases, mattress pads, divans, top mattresses, quilts, blankets, pillows etc.

Sample dimensions


Complete test, mattresses 1 complete mattress (scale 1:1), or 6 test specimens with minimum size 450 mm x 350 mm x nominal thickness of the finished mattress.
Complete test, pillows 4 samples in full size
Complete test, quilts/blanket 1 complete blanket (scale 1:1), or 6 test specimens with minimum size 450 mm x 350 mm x nominal thickness of the finished blanket.

If the product contains loose filling material, the edges must be sewn.

 
Short test description

The tests are performed in a test cabinet with a calibrated air flow. Mattresses are located directly on a test steel rig while quilts, blankets, pillows and thin light mattresses are located on a mineral wool board, placed on the test rig. Depending on the finish of the mattress, ignition sources are located of the flat surface, at tape edges, at quilted locations, tufts etc. Two ignition sources are used; a smouldering cigarette covered with cotton wool pad and a small gas flame.

During the tests the test sample is not allowed to smoulder after one hour from the beginning of the test. A mattress is also not allowed to char through the product (materials thinner than 25 mm are excluded) or more than 25 mm in any horizontal direction from the nearest part of the original position of the edge of cotton wool pad and open flame ignition source.

The test sample is subjected to a gas flame equivalent to a match flame for 20 seconds. No flaming is allowed to continue for more than 150 seconds after removal of the burner tube.

 

Ignition source - smouldering cigarette covered with cotton wool pad.
Ignition source - small gas flame.

 

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