NFPA 130 and FRA: ready to go!

The Fire Protection of Rolling Stock Conference 2015, held for 18th – 19th  March 2015,  in Berlin, Germany ( Arena International), soars up quite interesting issues.
Key issue pointed out that only two sets of regulations could survive worldwide, EN 45545 and NFPA 130. At this moment only few testing facilities exist in Europe and CREPIM decided to tackle the challenge by setting up the complete fire testing line connected to NFPA 130/ FRA approaches:
Standard Description Key parameters for NFPA 130
ASTM E 162 Test Method for Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source Radiant panel index, Is Running or dripping of flaming material
ASTM E 648 Critical Radiant Flux of Floor-Covering Systems Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source Critical Radiant Flux, CRF
ASTM E 662 Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials Specific Optical Density at 90s, Ds(1.5)
Specific Optical Density at 240s, Ds(4)
ASTM E 1354 Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter Peak heat release rate, q"max
180-second average heat release rate, q″180
Smoke extinction area, Ff
14 CFR 25, Appendix F, Part I Vertical Bunsen Burner Test Flame time
Burn length
Our teams has followed a complete training program and fire test comparisons with other labs to qualify the capability of the fire test method... And 80 % of these tests – including ASTM E 162- are accredited by the COFRAC and all the critical parameters are under control and under metrological scrutiny.

"The incident heat fluxes between ASTM E 162 and EN 45545-2 -R1 requirement- have the same magnitude*" explains Yannick Erckelbout, Chemist Engineer. "This means a faster globalization of the market and low development cost" he concluded.

*Radiant flux varies from  about 40 kW/m² down to 3 kW/m²  in ASTM E162 configuration versus 50.5 kW/m² down to 3 kW/m² for the ISO 5658-2.

Indeed, ASTM E162 provides a relative measure of the flame spread and temperature evolution versus flame propagation. However ASTM E 162 is really specific and no orientation test is available to approach or simulate the test result. At CREPIM you will get a clear picture of the reaction to fire of you material, aligned with the full set of requirement of the NFPA 130.

In conclusion, whatever you need we are now ready to support you on the NFPA 130 testing route.
Bold idea: benefit for you company
  • Ready to go testing facilities for NFPA 130 requirement
  • Tow level of service, orientation (for development) and official testing (for market access)
  • Deliver to order testing process, means you can adjust your request up to the early day of testing
  • Video and other multimedia support available
We hope that this new perimeter of service will help you in your development and certification process.

Feel free to tease us for any information you should need.
Save the date:
  • CREPIMS technical day : EN 45545 and NFPA 130 information conference, the 1st of October 2015 at Bruay-La-Buissière, France.
  • Crepim will have a booth –n°-2105  at Railway Interiors Expo 2015 - 4, 5 November 2015, Prague, Czech Republic. We will be happy to provide you with logistic base if you want to meander between the booths. 

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