Flammability of drapery materials: Comparison between IMCO-method and other methods

Liisa Pakkala

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The main object of this project was to compare the IMCO method with other available methods and a full scale test for testing the flammability of the curtain and drapery materials. 19 typical curtain and drapery materials were used. As test material the collection contained materials both safe and less safe in this respect. In 15 cases of 19 (about 79 I) the results were the same in all the standard tests and in the full scale test. The IMCO test proved to be somewhat more severe than the other tests. The BS 5867: Part Z (BS 5438 test 2) proved to give the best correlation with the full scale test, which may partly depend on that the same type of ignition was used. SBN classification (SIS 650082-test) and DIN 66082 classification (DIN 53906-test) gave similar results. Unfortunately, a light polyester fabric passed in these tests even though it failed in the full scale test.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages27
ISBN (Print)951-38-1384-3
Publication statusPublished - 1982
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesValtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tiedotteita


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