RESISTANCE AND REACTION TO FIRE (TFC)
Fire Technology Centre - FTC
The Fire Technology Centre carries out work in the field of safety, prevention and fire fighting. Its goal is to provide companies from different industrial sectors, in particular for the construction sector, with testing, certification and research services, in order to assess the behaviour of construction materials and elements to fire.
The Fire Technology Center (FTC) is accreditated by ENAC for the accomplishment of tests:
- of Resistance to Fire: # Accreditation 133/LE 1215
- of Reaction to Fire and Flammability (AIDIMA): # Acreditación 13/LE 246
The Laboratories of Resistance and Reaction to Fire of the Fire Technology Center (FTC) are Organisms Notified to the European Commission with numbers 1170 and 1981, respectively.
The Technical Center of the Fire (CTF) forms a part of EGOLF (European Group of Laboratories of Fire).
One can download the CERTIFICATE that it credits.
Fire resistance tests are intended to study the behaviour of the elements used in the construction sector when exposed to fire, assessing the period of time during which these elements continue to fulfil the roles for which they were designed in case of fire.
The Resistance to Fire Laboratory carries out tests in accordance with standards UNE-EN 1363-1, UNE-EN 1363-2 and UNE-EN13501-2 on the following construction elements:
- Non-bearing elements (walls, false ceilings, curtain walls)
- Bearing elements (walls, floors, decks, beams, pillars)
- Service facilities (penetrating sealants, linear sealing joints, adjustable suspended flooring and hollow flooring, claddings for transport systems, head of wall firestop joints)
- Doors and firewall elements for openings (doors and firestoppers)
- Contribution to fire resistance of structural elements (horizontal and vertical membranes, protections applied to steel, concrete, wooden beams, mixtures of concrete/profiled steel sheet elements, hollow steel columns filled with concrete)
- Others (coverings, safety cabinets, etc
- Hardness tests on the functioning of self-closing doors and windows (C5) in compliance with the standards UNE-EN 1191, UNE-EN 12605 and UNE-EN 14600.
Reaction to Fire
Fire Reaction Tests are aimed at assessing the possible contribution of different materials during the initiation, development and propagation of a fire.
The Reaction to Fire Laboratory is equipped to carry out tests in accordance with national and European standards, as well as flammability tests in accordance with British and European standards, as described below:
- Fire reaction tests in accordance with European standard UNE-EN 13501-1 (EUROCLASSES): wall and ceiling coverings, floors and linear elements
- Fire reaction tests in accordance with Spanish standard UNE 23727 (M0, M1, M2, M3, M4)
- Flammability tests for upholstered furniture in accordance with UNE-EN 1021-1 and UNE-EN 1021-2 standards
- Flammability tests for mattresses and upholstered bases in accordance with UNE-EN 597-1 and UNE-EN 597-2 standards
- Flammability tests for upholstered furniture in accordance with BS 5852 standard (complying with British Regulation)
- Flammability tests for mattresses, divans and upholstered bed bases in accordance with BS 6807 standard (complying with British Regulation)
- Tests of behaviour in case of fire of textiles and hanging textile elements (curtains and similar elements) in accordance with UNE-EN13773 standard
- Fire reaction tests for awnings and marquees in accordance with the Technical Construction Code (CTE
- Tests for external fire exposure to roof coverings, in accordance with ENV 1187
- Determination of horizontal burning using a small flame for plastics, in accordance with UNE 53127
- Flammability tests: safety requirements for cots and toys, in accordance with UNE EN 716-1 and UNE EN 71-2
- Reaction to fire tests: Cone calorimeter method, in accordance with ISO 5660-1
- Tests to determine smoke opacity, in accordance with NBS chamber
- Tests for fire protection on railway vehicles, in accordance with CEN/TS 45545