Rail fire testing

Rail fire testing enquiries: Globalfire@Exova.com

As countries turn to modern rail systems as an environmentally sound alternative to road transporation, the investment in both new and current infrastructure and rolling stock brings the need for the highest level of rail fire testing.

Rail fire testing

Fire safety strategists employ recognised design standards and codes of practices as a guide to achieve a balance between preventative measures and active fire fighting and containment systems. But, with a wider range of systems and products entering the market, the challenge – particularly for existing networks - is to ensure a consistency of performance levels.

Rail fire testing enquiries: Globalfire@Exova.com

Holistic approach to rail fire testing

Exova Warringtonfire has a proud track record of helping customers achieve an holistic view of rail fire testing standards through the provision of a full service offering that includes testing, certification, advisory services and test method development.

Our extensive range of testing is supported by experts who represent Exova Warringtonfire on various national and European committees.

Exova Warringtonfire is able to conduct the fire tests detailed in the following rolling stock standards:

  • EN 45545-2 - Requirements for fire behaviour of materials and components
  • BS 6853 - Code of practice for UK fire precautions in the design and construction of passenger carrying trains
  • London Underground Limited (LUL), category: CAT1, Number: 1-085, Issue Number : A2
  • DIN 5510-2 - Standard for German classification of materials fire behaviour
  • NF F 16-101 - Standard for French selection of materials for railway rolling stock (for which we hold Certifer approval for I & F rating testing).
  • U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements.
  • UIC 564-2 - Regulations relating to fire safety in passenger carrying railway vehicles or assimilated vehicles used on International services.

Exova Warringtonfire can conduct the following rail fire testing methods that are specifically called upon in the aforementioned railway standards:

  • ISO 5658-2 - Lateral flame spread on building/rail products in vertical configuration
  • ISO 5660-1 - Cone calorimeter for measuring the rate of heat release of products
  • EN 45545-2 Annex A and B - Seat vandalisation and heat release test
  • ISO 4589-2 - Determination of burning behaviour by oxygen index
  • ISO 9239-1 - Horizontal surface spread of flame on floor-coverings
  • BS 476: Part 6 - Fire propagation
  • BS 476: Part 7 - Surface spread of flame
  • EN ISO 4589-3: Annex A - Temperature index / flammability temperature test
  • BS 476: Part 4 - Non-combustibility test

Rail fire testing enquiries: Globalfire@Exova.com

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