Fire Tests

BASEC conducts a number of fire tests on cables. These tests are specified in cable and performance standards, and are called up for a variety of cable types.

Single Flame (Bunsen burner) Test

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This test is a small scale vertical flame propagation test.

Example Cables

BS 5467

Most cables will have this test conducted on them to check flame spread characteristics of both materials and cable construction.

Test Methods & Equipment

The method and equipment are specified in BS EN (IEC) 60332-1-1 & BS EN 60332-1-2.

Vertical Ladder

Vertical Ladder

Test for vertical flame spread of vertically mounted bunched wires or cables. Heat release and smoke production measurement on cables during flame spread test.

Example Cables

BS 6724

These tests are applied to cables made to have specific reaction to fire characteristics.

Test Methods & Equipment

The test methods and equipment are specified in the BS EN (IEC) 60332 series and BS EN 50399.

Circuit Integrity Tests

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Tests to establish the fire resistance or survival characteristics.

Example Cables

BS 7629-1

Cables with specific fire resistance properties for example those used in fire alarm and emergency lighting systems.

Test Methods & Equipment

The test methods and equipment are specified in BS 6387, BS 8491, BS 8434-2, BS EN 50200 (including Annex E) & the IEC 60331 series.

Smoke Emission

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Measurement of smoke density of cables burning under defined conditions.

Example Cables

BS 6724

This test is applied to cables made to have specific reaction to fire characteristics.

Test Methods & Equipment

The test method and equipment used are specified in BS EN (IEC) 61034-1 & 
BS EN (IEC) 61034-2.