We perform fire tests
RST subjects your product to the required fire tests. In our DIN EN ISO / IEC 17025:2018 accredited fire laboratory, we test your development samples, prototypes and series products according to national and international standards and regulations. In FIRST tests, we test your vehicle components and materials for flammability, heat resistance, flame spread, fire behaviour, heat release, smoke gas development and smoke gas toxicity.
Wide range of test methods
We carry out fire tests on building materials, small parts and component sections for rail vehicles, automobiles, ships and for the construction and electrical industries. Our extensive testing equipment enables us to carry out fire tests on seats, on materials for vehicle interiors and on building materials. We also test furniture, bedding and other textiles for flammability. We also determine toxic gasses and test the smoke development of plastics.
It is important to understand how materials, products or systems behave in real fires compared to controlled fire tests. Improved behaviour when exposed to fire can be demonstrated in a number of ways, such as longer ignition duration, reduced heat release, reduced flame spread or reduced smoke and toxicity development.
We test flame propagation on test specimens with and without heat emitters. For classification, the flame front is determined as the boundary of the flame zone on the surface of a material.
Heat release rate
Using a cone and bomb calorimeter, we determine the heat energy released during combustion of the test specimen.
Fire is a complex phenomenon. How it develops and acts depends on a variety of factors. To assess the risk of fire, smoke is almost always considered as one of the first reaction characteristics indicating a fire. After all, in the event of a fire, smoke is one of the greatest hazards to people in burning buildings or enclosures, e.g. ships or trains.
Under controlled conditions, we determine the smoke density and toxicity potential of the fire gasses during combustion. In the process, representative conditions are produced for fires that may affect the component during fire development or during a fully developed fire. In the course of the toxicity test, flue gas samples are continuously taken from the test chamber for FTIR analysis. In accordance with the applicable standards, the tests are carried out at a fixed irradiance.
Exactly what you need.
RST is your competent partner, no matter which project you are in charge of and which test you need.
Our optimised processes guarantee you fast and smooth processing of your order without long waiting times. Your request is our top priority. Our wealth of experience is based on countless test orders successfully completed for a wide range of customers.
With our technical support, we are always at your side - even in the event of unexpected changes to the planned test sequence, necessary rework and adjustments to the test specimen, as well as under deadline. During the ongoing test, you can rely on optimal communication with our testers and engineers. We always keep you up to date and contact you immediately in case of problems or damage to the test object. You are welcome to accompany your tests personally on site or via video transmission.
RST is available to you as an accredited laboratory. Our competent and experienced test staff, equipped with comprehensive knowledge of standards and test requirements, are prepared for any challenge. Within the framework of our flexible accreditation, we develop individual test procedures for you outside of the standard specifications and are available to advise you the entire time. We deliver high-quality test reports in German and English.