AbstractA Slovenian SME offers a flame mannequin system for testing fire protective clothing in compliance with standard ISO 13506:2008. The system assesses fire protective clothing characteristics in realistic “flash fire” scenarios that are difficult to simulate with traditional bench-top tests of fabrics. Producers, distributors and buyers (such as army, fire brigades, etc.) of fire protective clothing that wish to test such clothing are sought for technical and commercial co-operations.
DetailsThe offered testing system has been designed to test fire protective clothing in compliance with the international standard ISO 13506:2008 – “Protective clothing against heat and flame – Test method for complete garments – Prediction of burn injury using an instrumented mannequin”.
Garment design features such as folds, stitches, zippers, cords, etc. may lower the fire retardant capabilities of clothes. Therefore, fire protective clothing should be assessed in more realistic “flash fire” scenarios that are difficult to simulate with traditional bench-top tests of fabrics.
The offered system can:
• Quantify the protective effects of clothing in terms of survivability.
• Determine the level of protection offered by particular protective clothing.
• Compare the level of protection available with different combinations of clothing layers under the fire retardant outer layer.
• From the perspective of a user or clothing supplier the durability of the fire retardant properties following wear and washing can be determined.
• Test the clothing systems in combination with equipment that is worn by personnel and develop appropriate protective equipment (i.e. life jacket, bullet-proof vest, helmet, boots, gloves etc.).
• Be the basis for developing new clothing systems.
The test report consists of a temperature data and burn injury predictions, video footage and photo documentation. Test results are presented as total body surface area with a predicted 1º, 2 º or 3 º burn injury (%). The report can be customized to user specifications (suitability of tested clothing system, proposal for needed improvements, etc.).
The fire protective clothing is assessed in more realistic “flash fire” scenarios that are difficult to simulate with traditional bench-top tests of fabrics.