IMO 2010 FTP Code Part 7 – Test for vertically supported textiles and films
Vertically supported textiles and films are to be tested by IMO 2010 FTP Code Part 7 to assess their suitability for marine use. Test results can be used for type approval (wheel mark).
At least 20 specimens (170 mm x 220 mm) are cut in both directions of the fabric. If the sides of the fabric are different, both sides shall be tested. Products treated with flame retardants are tested before and after ten full cycles of cleaning and drying.
The test specimen is fixed to a vertical metal frame that is placed in the testing cabinet. The specimen is then ignited with a propane gas flame (40 ± 2 mm). Preliminary tests are performed for both directions, the worst case of ignition scenario is chosen, and 5 further tests are conducted in both directions.
The after-flame time, burn-through, ignition of cotton wool below, average char length, and surface flash are observed.
- Suitable sample matrices
- Products and materials for maritime use
- Available quality systems
- Accredited testing laboratory