Fire
Tests

The Fire Testing Centre carries out tests according to different normative standards, which are certified*, and can be defined on a case-by-case basis according to the needs of our customers.
These tests are carried out on materials, products, structural elements, or structures and therefore cover different scales depending on the objectives.

* The scope of the certification is available on cofrac.fr

Fire resistance tests.

For example, the fire resistance tests cover the following normative methods:

EN 1363 standard – Fire resistance tests
EN 1364 standard – Fire resistance testing of non-load-bearing elements
EN 1365 standard – Fire resistance testing of load-bearing elements
EN 1366 standard – Fire resistance testing of technical and service installations
EN 1634 standard – Fire and smoke resistance testing of doors, closures, windows, and hardware
EN 13381 standard – Test methods for determining the contribution to the fire resistance of building elements

Depending on the type of structure, specific test standards may apply (CETU Guide, UL standard, ASTM standard, FTP code, ENGSIN EDF SEPTEN…)

Our equipment

ATLAS furnace

Furnace for testing vertical and horizontal non-load bearing test specimens (doors, windows, partitions, caulking, etc.).
Vertical bay of 4 m x 3 m (W x H).
Horizontal bay of 4 m x 1.3 m (W x D).
Different fire curves (ISO 834, HC, HCM, RWS, EUREKA, etc.).

Prométhée furnace

Furnace for testing loaded and load-bearing vertical and horizontal test specimens and large elements.
Vertical bay of 4 m x 2.6 m up to 6 m (W x H).
Horizontal bay of 4 m x 6 m (W x D).
Different fire curves (ISO 834, HC, HCM, RWS, EUREKA, etc.).
Multi-directional loading of up to 300 tonnes at a time.

Ventilation platform

A platform for testing the fire resistance of all ventilation and smoke control fire ducts, regardless of their construction (metal sheet, plasterboard, sand-lime, prefabricated concrete, or cast-in-place, etc.).
Internal cross-section of air ventilation equipment up to 4 m x 3 m.
The maximum extraction rate of over 100,000 m³/h.

Intermediate scale
orientation tests
and thermo-mechanical
characterisation tests.

Orientation tests

Study the fire behaviour of a system: medium-scale tests can be used to vary different parameters (geometry, nature of the system’s components, formulation, etc.) to cover a range of solutions.
Secure your project: these tests can also help refine a technical solution before proceeding with full-scale evaluations.

Thermo-mechanical characterization tests

Study the evolution of compressive and tensile strengths, modulus of elasticity and thermal expansion as a function of temperature.
Determine the behaviour laws of materials, to be used in advanced computational models.

These tests can be carried out for concrete according to the RILEM protocols (RILEM High-Temperature Resistance Recommendations: TC 129 Test methods for mechanical properties of concrete at high temperatures.

Fire propagation tests on facades (LEPIR II test, BS 8414…).

A fire propagation test can be performed to estimate the behaviour of a façade system. The purpose of LEPIR II test is to examine the lateral spread of a fire as well as the spread of fire into the façade or through the façade-floor junction. This test is in some cases recommended by the fire regulations applicable to the types of buildings for which the system is intended (3rd and 4th family dwellings, ERP such as Establishment Receiving the Public, offices, etc.,) or depending on its design (presence of combustible insulation, air space, etc.).

This test is then carried out according to the LEPIR II test protocol*. Where appropriate, other standards (BS 8414, …) can be used to assess fire spreading in the façade.

The Fire Testing Centre is equipped with a test rig to evaluate your range of construction solutions for facades (according to IT 249) and an instrumented test station (regulatory temperatures, flows, anemometers, videos, other relevant measurements).

* Experimental room for real fire on 2 levels

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Special &
In situ Tests.

Fire safety
engineering
.

Research and
Development.