Penetration Seals - Fire resistance testing and product development
Services, such as gas, water, electricity & drainage, form an important part of the function of all buildings. Where these pass through fire resisting walls, partitions, floors and ceilings it is essential that the base fire performance, and hence compartmentation, is not compromised.
The required fire performance in terms of Integrity and Insulation, for any given situation, will be dictated by the presiding building code/legislation, which will also define the relevant test standard against which the conformity assessment must be made. Cambridge Fire Research (CFR) is able to conduct UKAS accredited fire tests to all major European, US and International standards on service penetration seals as listed below.
Any design and test guidance within the standard should be strictly followed to ensure that compliance is achieved, together with the widest field of application. Dependent on the result in test some standards will offer an automatic extension to scope of the tested design. Otherwise increased scope may be obtained by product assessment. For further guidance on this process please consult CFR. As an Approved Body, CFR test evidence can be used for the purposes of UKCA marking and 3rd-party approval. CFR tests are also recognised for UL certification.
Full Scale Testing
Exposed area 3.0(h)x3.0(w)m
Medium Scale Testing
Exposed area 2.4(h)x1.35(w)m
Small Scale Testing
Exposed area 1.4x1.0m
High pressure water jet
After a designated period of fire exposure, the exposed face of the test specimen is subjected to a prescribed high pressure water jet regime.
120 channel system
120 channel data logger, giving thermocouple capacity for multiple specimen installations.
- BS 476 Part 22:1987 Section 10
- BS EN 1364-1:2015
- ISO 3009:2003
- UL 263:2011 Section 7
- UL 9:2009
- ASTM E119-18 Section 8.3
If required CFR may be able to help with specimen installation. Please ask for details.