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Equipment

Accredited, recognised and notified fire protection test centre / building authority recognised test, monitoring and certification centre (PÜZ)

Small scale fire test oven (1 metre oven)
  • Test of the fire behaviour of construction materials and elements


Standards in accordance with which tests can be carried out

  • DIN EN 1363-1
  • DIN 4102-2

General technical data

Oven construction: Due to the ingenious design of the oven, completely individual fire tests on different test objects are possible
Gas forced air burner: 2 off – can be regulated independently of each other
Openings:
4 off (1 m x 1 m)
2 horizontal, 2 vertical
Fire chamber size: 1 m³ (between the oven openings)
Test duration:
Max. 120 minutes
Vertical and horizontal installed position
Total output:
700 kW
Measured values: Surface temperature on the fire-averted side, fire chamber temperature and fire chamber pressure, test object deformation, structural stability and failure time under integrity; thermal radiation

Technical data for testing in accordance with DIN EN 1363-1

Opening dimension (fired area of test object) Height: from 500 mm to 1000 mm
Width: from 500 mm to 1000 mm
Test object for internal testing Height: 900 mm
Width: 900 mm
Depth: 900 mm
Test object located in front of oven opening Height: up to 1150 mm
Width: up to 1200 mm
Depth: 150 mm (max.)

Technical data for testing in accordance with DIN 4102-2

Opening dimension (fired area of test object) Height: from 500 mm to 1000 mm
Width: from 500 mm to 1000 mm
Test object for internal testing Height: 900 mm
Width: 900 mm
Depth: 900 mm
Test object located in front of oven opening Height: up to 1150 mm
Width: up to 1200 mm
Depth: 150 mm (max.)
Fire shaft
  • Test of the fire behaviour of construction materials

Test Standards

  • DIN 4102-15
  • DIN 4102-16
    • in conjunction with DIN 4102-1

Technical data

Test object dimensions (4 off simultaneously): Height: 1000 mm
Width: 190 mm
Depth: max. 80 mm
Firing time: 10 minutes
Flame height: Approx. 10 cm
Test duration: At least 10 minutes firing plus post-firing self-burn, self-glimmer or self-smouldering times
Burner: 4 sided, total 32 nozzles ∅ 3.5 mm
Measured values: Temperature of the fire shaft walls and the exhaust gas, transparency of the smoke gas, length of the burnt surface of the test object, flame height, sample burn-through, test for debris and droplets
Furniture test facility for functional durability

Functional durability test / GS mark

  • Test of cabinets and shelves for laboratories – requirements and test methods
  • Performance of endurance strength testing on drawers, pull-out elements, swing and pivot doors

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 14727

Technical data

  Compressed air driven:
Height: 3000 mm
Width: 3000 mm
Depth: 1500 mm
Compressed air: 170 l/min
Measured values: Number of closing cycles, opening angle
Railway fire shaft in accordance with DIN EN 50050-2
  • Test of seats for public transport rail vehicles
  • Test of the fire behaviour with a paper cushion
  • Test of materials, small components and component segments for rail vehicles in respect of their fire behaviour and fire side effects

Test Standards

  • DIN 54341
  • DIN 54837
    • in conjunction with DIN 5510-02 (withdrawn)

Technical data for the testing of seats

Seat sample size: Padding 440 mm x 290 mm with cover fabric
Backrest sample size: Padding 440 mm x 440 mm with cover fabric
Test duration: 3.5 min – 15 min
Firing time: 3.5 minutes
Ignition source: Paper cushion
Measured values: Transparency of the smoke gas, flame progress (burnt surface of the test object), temperature in the exhaust gas

Technical data for testing materials, small components and component segments

Sample size: 500 mm x 190 mm
Test duration: 5 minutes
Firing time: 3 minutes
Flame length: 30 mm
Sample size: 500 mm x 190 mm
Measured values: Transparency of the smoke gas, smoke development, flame progress (burnt surface of the test object), post-firing burn duration, burning droplets /debris
Test facility for solar modules
  • Fire behaviour of solar modules in accordance with IEC 61730-2 "Photovoltaic (PV) module safety qualification - Part 2: Requirements for testing“ MST 23 - Appendix B.3 in conjunction with ANSI/UL 1703 Flat Plate Photovoltaic Modules and Panels
  • UL 790 Standard Test Methods for Fire Tests of Roof Coverings

Test Standards

  • IEC 61730-2 (MST 23)
  • ANSI/UL 1703
  • UL 790

Technical data

Test object dimensions: Solar modules with original dimensions
Number of samples: At least 1 original module per test
Test duration: Spread of flame: 4 minutes or 10 minutes
Burning brand: until the timber cribs become extinguished
Assessment criteria:
Spread of Flame:
  • Burning or glowing falling parts
  • Length of the spread of flame on the test object
  • Lateral spread of flame on or in the test object
Burning brand:
  • Burning or glowing falling sample parts
  • Occurrence of sustained burning for more than 5 seconds
  • Test object burn-through
Flooring test facility
  • Tests for the fire behaviour of floor coverings
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour
  • Classification of the fire behaviour and fire side effects of materials
  • Classification of the fire behaviour of materials and components in railway applications (fire protection in rail vehicles)

Standards in accordance with which tests can be carried out

  • DIN EN ISO 9239-1
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501
      • DIN EN 45545-2
      • DIN 5510-2 (withdrawn)

Technical data

Sample size: 1050 mm x 230 mm
Test duration: 30 minutes
Firing time: 30 minutes with radiant panel including 10 minutes with line burner
Temperature of the radiant panel: Approx. 500°C
Measured values: Transparency of the smoke gas, the burning distance (burnt surface of the test object); released quantity of heat energy
Cable test chamber
  • Tests on cables, insulated lines and fibreglass cables in the event of fire
  • Test of the vertical fire spread in vertically arranged bundles of cables and lines
  • ŸVerification of the resistance to fire spread of busbar trunking systems (encapsulated collector busbars)
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • IEC/ DIN EN 60332-3-22 to -25
    • in conjunction with IEC/ DIN EN 60332-3-10
  • BS6853 (withdrawn, test on enquiry)
  • IEC 61439-6 Point 10.101
    • in conjunction with DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Height: 4000 mm
Width: 1000 mm
Depth: 2000 mm
Air inlet: 400 mm x 800 mm
Propane gas burner: 1 off, set up 600 mm above floor level
Capacity: (20.5 ± 0.5) kW
Air supply: (5000 ± 500) l/min
Cable conductor: B x H: 500 mm x 4000 mm
Sample length: ≥ 3500 mm with busbar trunking systems
Firing time: 220 minutes / 40 minutes
Measured values: Fire spread (upwards, measured from the bottom edge of the burner)

Area of application

  • Test of the vertical spread of fire in vertically arranged bundles of cables
  • Verification of the resistance to fire spread of busbar trunking systems (encapsulated collector busbars)

What can be tested (examples):

Tests on cables, insulated lines and fibreglass cables in the event of fire – test of the vertical fire spread in vertically arranged bundles of cables and lines

Calorimeter
  • ŸTests for the fire behaviour of products – determination of the combustion heat (calorific value)
  • ŸFire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • DIN EN ISO 1716
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-1
      • DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Sample quantity: 0.5 g (powdered)
Test duration: Approx. 10 minutes
Test conditions: Pressure = 35 bar
Number of samples: 3
Measured values: Energy content in [J/g]
Air change test facility

GS mark

  • Test of fire resistant storage cabinets / safety cabinets for flammable liquids
  • Test of fire resistant storage cabinets / safety cabinets for pressurised gas cylinders

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 14470-1
  • ŸDIN EN 14470-2

Technical data

Max. Air flow volume: 80 m³/h
Test duration: At least 15 minutes
Electronic measured value recording Measured values:
  • Pressure loss in safety cabinets for the storage of flammable liquids with prescribed air change rate
  • Pressure loss of safety cabinets for the storage of pressurised gas cylinders
Multifunction test facility
  • Test for the fire behaviour of construction materials and elements
  • IMO test of Class A, B and F separating surfaces
  • IMO test of fire door control systems
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components
  • Test of data rooms, containers and cabinets as well as safes
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Fire resistance requirements for fire barriers
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour – Classification using data from fire resistance tests, excluding ventilation services

Standards in accordance with which tests can be carried out

  • DIN EN 13501-2
  • ŸDIN EN 45545-2 and -3
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 1363-1
      • DIN EN 1363-2
      • DIN EN 1364-1
      • DIN EN 1364-2
      • DIN EN 1365-2
      • DIN EN 1366-3
      • DIN EN 1634-1
      • DIN EN 1047-1
      • DIN EN 1047-2
      • IMO FTP Code Part 3
      • IMO FTP Code Part 4
    • Other tests and configurations on enquiry

Technical data

Fire chamber width: 6000 mm
Fire chamber height: Up to 4500 mm
Fire chamber depth: 4000 mm
Burner capacity: Total output max. 10,500 KW
Number of burners: 30 (each burner can be individually activated and regulated)
Data recording: Universal measuring system Autolog 3000
Flexibility: Due to the individual installations (masonry, ceilings of porous concrete etc.) it is possible to adapt the oven to the dimensions of two or three dimensional test objects
Digital videos: Possible from the fire side and the fire-averted side
Measured values: Surface temperatures on the fire-averted side, test duration, fire chamber temperatures, thermal radiation, deformations
Cable test chamber (insulation or functional integrity)

Test of the insulation integrity or functional integrity of cables

Test Standards

  • ŸIEC 60331-21
  • IEC 60331-23
  • DIN EN 50200

Technical data

Height: 3000 mm
Width: 3000 mm
Depth: 3000 mm
Fire source: Propane long burner 500 mm
Flame temperature:
750°C ± 50°C
830°C ± 40°C
Voltage: 110 V AC to 1000 V AC (also possible with low test voltage to customer requirement or product standard)
Current load: 0.25 A per core recommended
Number of samples: 1 or 2 (for classification)
Sample length: 1.2 metres
Measured values: Functional integrity, test duration max. 180 minutes + 15 minutes cooling down phase
Insulation integrity, test duration max. 120 minutes or to customer specification
Cable test facility (single test)
  • Test of the vertical flame spread on a cable in the event of fire
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour – Classification using data from reaction to fire tests
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 60332-1-2
  • ŸDIN EN 60332-1-3
  • ŸDIN EN 60332-2-2
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-6
      • DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Height: 800 mm
Width: 300 mm
Depth: 450 mm
Front surface: Open
Burner capacity: 1 KW flame
Sample length: 600 mm ± 25 mm
Flame position: 45°± 2°
Firing time: 60 seconds to 480 seconds depending on Ø
Sample length: 600 mm
Number of samples: 1
Measured values: Vertical fire spread, post-firing burn time, dripping behaviour, test duration max. 480 seconds
Smoke test chamber
  • Test of cables and insulated lines
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour – Classification using data from reaction to fire tests
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • ŸDIN EN 61034-2
  • ŸDIN EN 61034-1
  • ŸBS 6853 (withdrawn, test on enquiry)
  • Smoke emission
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-6
      • DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Height: 3000 mm
Width: 3000 mm
Depth: 3000 mm
Fire source: 1 litre alcohol mixture
Measurement procedure: Optical system
Sample length: 1.0 m ± 0.05 m
Number of samples: Dependant on outside diameter
Test duration: 40 minutes
Measured values: Transparency (%), burn duration of alcohol mixture
SBI (Single Burning Item) test facility
  • Tests for fire behaviour of construction products
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • ŸDIN EN 13823
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-1
      • DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Test object dimensions: 1500 mm x 495 mm or 1500 mm x 1000 mm
Burner capacity: (30,7 ± 2,0) KW
Firing time: 20 minutes
Test duration: 26 minutes
Measured values: Transparency of the smoke gases, temperature of the smoke gas, oxygen concentration, carbon dioxide concentration
Wall test facility
  • Test for the fire behaviour of construction materials and elements
  • IMO test of Class A, B and F separating surfaces
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Fire resistance requirements for fire barriers
  • Fire classification of construction products and types – Classification using data from fire resistance tests, excluding ventilation services

Test Standards

  • ŸDIN 4102-2
  • ŸDIN EN 1363-1
  • DIN EN 1363-2
  • DIN EN 1364-1
  • DIN EN 1366-3
  • ŸDIN EN 1634-1
  • DIN EN 14470-1
  • ŸDIN EN 14470-2
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-2
      • DIN EN 45545-2 and -3
      • IMO FTP Code 3
  • Other tests and configurations on enquiry

Technical data

Height: 3000 mm
Width: 3000 mm
Depth: 1500 mm
Burner capacity: 6 oil burners, total output 3368 KW
Sample size: In the test frame max. 3.00 mm x 3000 mm; individual adaptations possible without test frame
Measured values: Surface temperatures on the fire-averted side, test duration, fire chamber temperatures, thermal radiation, deformations
Digital videos: Possible from the fire side and the fire-averted side
Combustion chamber in accordance with DIN 50050-1
  • Tests of the fire behaviour of construction materials
  • Tests of combustible materials for assessing the behaviour when firing with a burner
  • Classification of the fire behaviour and fire side effects of materials

Test Standards

  • ŸDIN 53438-1 to 3
  • DIN 4102-1
    • in conjunction with DIN 5510-2 (withdrawn)

Technical data

Test object dimensions: 230 mm x 90 mm or 190 mm x 90 mm
Test duration: 20 seconds
Firing time: 15 seconds
Ignition flame: 20 mm ± 1 mm
Measured values: Ignition time, flame height, smoke development (visual), burning droplets / debris or combustion of the filter paper
DIN oven
  • ŸTests for the fire behaviour of construction materials and elements within the scope of verification of non-combustibility

Test Standards

  • DIN 4102-1

Technical data

Sample size: 40 mm x 40 mm x 50 mm
Test duration: 15 minutes – 90 minutes
Oven temperature: 750 °C
Measured values: Combustion, temperature increases, change to the pilot flame
ISO oven (non-combustibility oven)
  • Tests for the fire behaviour of products – non-combustibility test
  • Tests for the fire behaviour of construction products
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • DIN EN ISO 1182
  • IMO FTP Code, Part 1
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-1
      • DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Sample size: ∅ 45 mm, H 50 mm
Test duration: 30 minutes – 60 minutes
Oven temperature: 750 °C
Measured values: Combustion, temperature increase, loss of mass
EN combustion chamber
  • Tests for the fire behaviour – combustibility of construction products with direct flame impact
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • DIN EN ISO 11925-2
  • IMO FTP Code 7
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 13501-1
      • DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Test object dimensions: 250 mm x 90 mm
Test duration: 20 seconds or 60 seconds
Firing time: 15 seconds or 30 seconds
Ignition flame: 20 mm
Measured values: Ignition time point, flame height, smoke development (visual), burning droplets / debris or combustion of the filter paper
Spread of flame test
  • Test of the lateral spread of flames on construction and transport products in a vertical arrangement
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • ISO 5658-2
    • in conjunction with DIN EN 45545-2

Technical data

Sample size: 800 mm x 155 mm
Firing time: Based on the fire behaviour of the sample
Temperature: Approx. 840°C at the front end of the test object
Measured values:
  • ŸFlame progress, burnt surface of the test object
  • ŸCritical thermal flux on extinguishing (CFE)
  • Heat for sustained burning (QSB)
  • Burning debris / droplets
IMO 5 test facility
  • Test of the surface combustibility
  • Test of the coating materials on bulkheads, ceilings, floor coverings and undermost deck coverings

Test Standards

  • IMO FTP Code 2010-5

Technical data

Sample size: 800 mm x 155 mm
Firing time: Based on the fire behaviour of the sample
Flame temperature: 840 °C
Measured values:
  • Flame progress, burnt surface of the test object
  • ŸReleased quantity of heat energy
  • Temperature rise in the exhaust gas
  • Smoke gas assessment (visual)
  • Burning droplets / debris from test object parts
Smoulder test facility
  • Determination of the tendency of a construction product to continuous smouldering

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 16733

Technical data

Test object dimensions: 800 mm x 300 mm x max. 100 mm
Test duration: Max. 6 hours
Firing time: 15 minutes
Ignition flame: Propane gas with 95% purity and flow of (95 ± 5) g/hour
Measured values:
  • Temperature increase
  • ŸCombustion
  • Flame spread distance
  • Melting
  • Peeling
  • Charring
  • Expansion
  • Shrinkage
  • Delamination or other behaviour patterns
Pendulum impact test facility
  • Performance of pendulum impact tests on doors with vertical glass areas ≥ 0.1 m²
  • Test of cabinets and shelves for laboratories

Test Standards

  • ŸDIN EN 14727
  • DIN EN 14072

Technical data

Dimensions:
  • Height: 2350 mm
  • Width: 1600 mm
  • Depth: 1620 mm
Facade test facility

Test options for:

  • ŸElement facades
  • Glass facades
  • Double facades
  • External thermal insulation composite systems
  • Components or integral facades
  • Curtain facades with integrated photovoltaics
  • Innovative facade systems
  • Plinth fires and fires on facades with attached and built-in fixtures
  • Special forms
  • Extinguishing tests to FM Approval standards
  • Tests for the fire development and spread in high bay warehouse systems
  • Real fire tests on ship walls and vertical cable systems (e. g. wind turbines)
  • Natural fire tests on spatial units such as modular constructions
  • ETICS tests which are necessary for a classification in accordance with DIN EN 13501-1

Test Standards

  • DIN 4102-20
  • ISO 13785-1+2
  • Austrian Standard B 3800-5
  • BS 8414-1
  • SP FIRE 105
  • GOST 31251
  • LEPIR II
  • MSZ 14800-6
  • PN-90/B-02867

Technical data

Free internal space under the weather protection cover in which the test wall is located: L × B × H = 15 m × 12 m × 20 m
L-shaped test wall to take the test object: Short leg 8 metres; long leg 12.5 metres; height up to 15 metres
Interior: Free from bracing components, made accessible by two large doors, roof can be opened
Openings in the outer wall: For supply air or to regulate wind impact
Test setup and conditioning: Weather independent
Temperature measurement points: Over 200
Digital videos: Possible from the fire side
Tube oven
  • Test of the gases resulting from the burning of cable materials and insulated lines – determination of the acidity (by measuring the pH value) and conductivity
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour – Classification using data from reaction to fire tests
  • Railway applications – Fire protection in railway vehicles – Requirements on the fire behaviour of materials and components

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 60754-2
    • in conjunction with
      • DIN EN 45545-2
      • DIN EN 13501-6

Technical data

Sample quantity: (1000 ± 5) mg
Test duration: 30 minutes
Test conditions: (935-965) °C
Number of samples: 2 or 3 tests for each material
Measured values: pH value
Conductivity
Roof test facility
  • Test for the stressing of roofing through fire from outside with a roof slope of 15° or 45°
  • Fire behaviour of construction materials and elements – roofing
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour

Test Standards & Classification Standards

  • DIN 4102-7
  • DIN 4102-23
  • DIN V ENV 1187 test procedure 1
  • DIN CEN / TS 1187 test procedure 1
    • in conjunction with DIN EN 13501-5

Technical data

Test object dimensions: At least 80 cm x 180 cm in accordance with DIN CEN/ TS 1187, test procedure 1
Number of samples: At least 4 samples per roof system in accordance with DIN CEN/ TS 1187, test procedure 1
Test duration: Max. 30 minutes by incendiary mixture, in total 60 minutes with observations in accordance with DIN CEN/ TS 1187, test procedure 1
Measured values: The test procedure assesses the spread of fire on the roof surface, the spread of fire within the roof construction, the penetration of the roof by fire and occurrence of burning droplets or burning parts either falling from the underside of the roof or from the stressed roof surface.
Cable – single burning item
  • General test procedures for the behaviour of cables and insulated lines in the event of fire - measurement of the heat release and smoke production during the test of the flame spread
  • Fire classification of construction products and types in respect of their fire behaviour – Classification using data from reaction to fire tests

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 50399
    • in conjunction with DIN EN 13501-6

Technical data

Height: 4000 mm
Width: 1000 mm
Depth: 2000 mm
Air inlet: 400 mm x 800 mm
Propane gas burner: 1 off, set up 600 mm above floor level
Capacity: (20.5 ± 0.5) kW or (30.0 ± 0.5) kW
Air supply: (5000 ± 500) l/min
Cable conductor: W x H: 500 mm x 4000 mm
Sample length: 3500 mm
Firing time: 20 minutes / 40 minutes
Measured values: Fire spread (upwards, measured form the bottom edge of the burner)
Oxygen consumption; CO2 generation; flow rate in exhaust gas flue; smoke development
Calculated values: Heat release; heat release rate (HRR); total heat release (THR); fire growth rate index (FIGRA); smoke development; smoke production rate (SPR); total smoke production (TSP).
Special tests on open ground

With special tests, due to the absence of a suitable Standard, a test scenario is developed jointly with the manufacturer with which defensible evidence can be provided. To this end, besides the new facade test facility opened in 2017, a further large open-air test site is available.

Accredited test centre for fire extinguishing equipment /fire extinguishing media

Fire hall

Fire tests on standardised test objects of the fire classes A (solids) and F (cooking oil, cooking fat) to examine the extinguishing capability of spray can extinguishers and portable fire extinguishing equipment.

Fire tests to examine the extinguishing capability of small extinguishing units (e. g. aerosol extinguishing equipment) and special extinguishers.

Examination of the extinguishing effect of the most diverse extinguishing media and equipment on test objects which are not subject to any regulation by special test Standards (e. g. large volume deep fat fryers, baking lines, switchgear cabinets).

Technical data

  • L = 20.20 metres
  • W = 11.60 metres
  • H = 8.40 metres

Possible test object sizes

  • Smouldering solids:
    in accordance with EN 3-7 5A-55A
    in accordance with DIN SPEC 14411 also 3A
  • Liquids:
    in accordance with EN 3-7 21B-70B
    in accordance with DIN SPEC 14411 also 8B and 13B
  • Cooking oil fires:
    in accordance with EN 3-7 5F-75F
  • Other fire objects possible on enquiry
Fire site

Fire tests with foaming agents, fire extinguishing equipment and extinguishing plant are performed on the fire site.

Test Standards

  • EN 1568
  • IMO MSC Circulars
  • ICAO Airport Services Manual
  • EN 3
  • Special tests and research trials to FM Standards, VdS Standards, UL Standards, Lastfire and customer specification
  • Customer demonstrations and performance of practice scenarios
Technical data
  • 600 m² area on two levels

Equipment
  • Fire baths of various designs and sizes
  • Foam pipes for generating low and medium expansion foam
  • High expansion foam generator
  • Pressure vessel for the preparation of different extinguishing medium solutions
  • Standard fire extinguishing equipment for filling with extinguishing media to customer requirements
  • Provision of various fuels such as heptane, acetone, isopropanol and kerosene
  • Performance of fire tests by specialist technicians with long standing experience
  • Documentation of the fire tests by means of video recordings and estimate of the outcomes by experienced test engineers
Laboratory fire extinguishing media

Examination of key physical and chemical characteristics of fire extinguishing media.

Test Standards

  • EN 1568
  • EN 3-7
  • EN 615
  • IMO MSC Circulars
  • ICAO Airport Services Manual
  • Directions for the testing of aqueous extinguishing media
Available measuring equipment Key characteristics
Transparent thermostat

The transparent thermostat is used to determine the freezing point of foaming agent and extinguishing media solutions. It can also be utilised for the precise temperature control of liquids when determining the density, viscosity or the pH value.
Brookfield cone plate viscometer
The viscometer enables measurement of the viscosity of liquid fire extinguishing media at different temperatures and shear rates.
pH meter with glass electrode
The pH meter is for the electrochemical determination of the pH value of liquids.
Infrared spectrometer
The FTIR spectrometer enables the recording of the infrared spectra of liquid and powder extinguishing media in the identification of product samples.
Tensiometer
The tensiometer is used for measuring the surface tension of extinguishing media solutions. The measurement of the interfacial tension to cyclohexane is also possible.
Analytical scales
The precise determination of mass, made possible by means of our analytical scales, is prerequisite for the determination of important key characteristics of fire extinguishing powders. Analytical scales are also necessary for the precise density measurement of extinguishing media in pycnometers.
Air jet sieve
The air jet sieve, together with the analysis sieves of various mesh sizes, is used for determining the grain size distribution of powder extinguishing media.
Recirculation air drying cabinet, laboratory cooling equipment, climate simulation chamber
Several drying cabinets, climate simulation chambers and laboratory cooling chambers enable the simulation of different temperature influences on liquid extinguishing media. The fire extinguishing media laboratory drying cabinet is also used as an aid to observing the characteristics of extinguishing powders.
Ubbelohde viscometer
Ubbelohde viscometers with different measurement ranges are available for determining the kinematic viscosity of liquids with Newtonian flow behaviour.
Areometer, pycnometer
Different areometers and pycnometers enable the determination of the density of liquids of different flow behaviour.
Test facilities for the testing of fire extinguishing equipment

Examination of the extinguishing capability of portable and wheeled fire extinguishing equipment with regard to test objects of fire classes A, B and F with the company's inhouse specialist extinguishing foremen.

Verification of the characteristics of fire extinguishing equipment for safe use and storage.

Test Standards

  • EN 3
  • EN 1866
  • Special extinguishing equipment

Technical data

  • Fire hall: L = 20.20 m x W = 11.60 m x H = 8.40 m
  • Climate cabinets and warm storage cabinets for the simulation of various temperature influences on spray can extinguishers
  • Salt spray mist chamber for corrosion tests
  • Bursting test facility for bursting tests on vessels
  • Pressure sensor system and water bath for verification of leak-tightness and filled volumes
  • Hydraulic presses for crush testing
  • Laboratory for the determination of physical and chemical key values of extinguishing media
Test facility for extinguishing sprays

Extinguishing sprays are small, handy and are a new trend in the fighting of incipient fires. How safely do these extinguish?

Test of the extinguishing capability of spray can extinguishers in our fire hall on test objects of different sizes for the fire classes A, B and F. Tests to verify the characteristics of spray can extinguishers for safe use and storage.

Test Standards

  • DIN SPEC 14411
  • EK5/TA7 13-12
  • NF S61-804
  • BS 6165

Available test facilities

  • Fire hall: L = 20.20 m x W = 11.60 m x H = 8.40 m
  • Climate cabinets and warm storage cabinets for the simulation of various temperature influences on spray can extinguishers
  • Salt spray mist chamber for corrosion tests
  • Bursting test facility for bursting tests on vessels

Possible test object sizes for fire tests

  • Smouldering solids: 3A, 5A, 8A,
  • Liquids: 8B, 13B, 21B, 34B
  • Cooking oil fires: 5F, 15F, 25F, 40F, 75F
  • Other fire objects possible on enquiry
Test facility for fire blankets

These have long since proven themselves on the market. Nevertheless even today new developments have to pass critical tests.

Test of the fire behaviour of fire blankets of different dimensions.

Test Standards

  • DIN EN 1869

Technical data

  • Fire tray with a diameter of 345 mm and a depth of 100 mm
  • Table with a height of 800 mm and a length and width of 1800 mm
  • Subbase of the fire tray with a height of 140 mm and a length and width of 240 mm
  • Cooking oil as fuel with a spontaneous ignition temperature of 350 – 370 °C
  • Fire blankets with edge lengths of between 0.9 m and 1.60 m are tested
Small scale extinguishing test

Small scale extinguishing test for the quality assurance of foaming agent.

Test Standards

  • IMO MSC.1 Circ. 1312
  • ISO 7203
  • EN 1568

Technical data

  • 565 mm diameter fire bath with deflector plate
  • Special foam pipe for small scale extinguishing test with low flow rate
Test facility for the electrical conductivity of fire extinguishing equipment

Test of the electrical conductivity with the triggering of fire extinguishers with aqueous extinguishing media.

Test Standards

  • EN 3-7, VDE 032

Technical data

  • Transformer for generating 35,000 volts
  • Metallic target plate 1 m x 1 m with connection to high voltage
  • Electrically insulated catch basin for run-off fluid
  • Triggering stand for activating the fire extinguishers from a safe distance
  • Measuring instruments for continuous recording of the flowing current between fire extinguisher and transformer
Foam laboratory

The foam laboratory is a wet laboratory for determining the characteristics of fire extinguishing foams with the options of producing various types of foam and measuring their parameters. The foam expansion ratio and the water separation time are determined amongst other things. The ageing resistance of foaming agent is also tested.

Test Standards

  • EN 1568
  • IMO MSC Circulars

Equipment

  • Collection vessel for low, medium and high expansion foam
  • Foam pipes for generating low and medium expansion foam
  • High expansion foam generator
  • Scales
  • Climate chamber for simulating various temperature influences on the foaming agent
Bursting test facility

On the bursting test facility, fire extinguisher assemblies are tested for their resistance to pressure and behaviour in the event of failure.

Test Standards

  • EN 3-7, EN 3-8
  • EN 1866
  • DIN SPEC 14411

Equipment

  • Bursting test facility by the company Haskel with a maximum working pressure of 160/1000 bar
  • Pressure sensor system for documenting the test progression
  • Climate cabinet for testing the components at different temperatures
  • Bursting chamber for protection against flying parts
Test facility for fuel hoses for testing the resistance in the event of fire

The relevant Standard relates to fuel hoses for pleasure craft. According to the Standard definition, pleasure craft are all boats with a maximum hull length of 24 metres.

The standardised test of the fire resistance of filled fuel hoses with different diameters for pleasure craft (firing from outside, heptane fire) can be performed here.

Test Standards

  • DIN EN ISO 7840:2013-12

Technical data

  • Basis is the Standard DIN EN ISO 7840:2013-12
  • Test and construction of the test facility in accordance with Appendix A "Test of fire resistance capability"
  • At least 6 samples are necessary