Walls and Partitions - Fire resistance testing and product development
Fire resisting walls and partitions are a fundamental component of many buildings and play a critical role in establishing effective fire compartmentation.
The required fire performance, in terms of Integrity, Insulation and Radiation, 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 British, European, US and International standards on non-loadbearing elements.
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
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.
If required, CFR may be able to help with the supply of specimen materials, manufacture and installation.
Please ask for details.
- BS 476 Part 22 : 1987 Section 5
- BS EN 1364-1:2015
- ISO 834-8:2002
- UL 263:2011 Sections 7 and 15
- ASTM E119-16 Sections 8.3 and 8.10