The Testing pole provides you with a complete set of fire testing methods; to characterize the reaction to fire of you materials and assemblies.
We have set up different levels of offers to fit with you request of fair price, lead time and quality. Feel free to contact us for any demand. We follow the fire test evolution via the French mirror group linked to TC 127 – building and TC256 - railways
The development of CREPIM continues in the context of fire resistance, with the extension of our COFRAC accreditation to the tests EN 1363-1, EN 1634-1 and EN 1634-2. These applied to the rail reference system (EN 45545-3) and maritime (FTP code 2010 part 3 and part 4).
We can also perform all types of non-accredited tests related to standards for partitions and walls (EN 1364-1), ceilings (EN 1364-2) and doors (EN 1634-1), as well as other standards.
The Certification pole features skilled teams devoted to 3rd part certification
Our service is completely integrated, with a sole contact point, which makes the procedure easy to handle form your side.
The Development pole – it is our original activity – to support you in the development of FR formulas:
Focus on FR resins development, Thermoplastic or thermoset, mainly based on all technologies, featuring intumescence
The Training pole to upgrade you skill regarding
More than 20 training sessions focused on fire: feel free to tease us for any request and become fire expert
CREPIM is the major European Laboratories for development and approval of materials covered by fire regulations. CREPIM develops, guaranties and qualifies the fire performances of materials and assemblies for all concerned areas, featuring the mass transportation sectors (railway, aviation and maritime), as well as in the construction, electric products, and textile sectors. All these studies take into account the end of life management of the product in order to be in line with the potential “second life” of the material and with its impact on the environment.
Our organisation features four divisions: (i) Development, (ii) Testing division, (iii) Certification division and (iv) Training division. The whole team includes 20 people featuring, for a large part, chemists, (MSc, doctors and senior scientists).
Feel free to challenge us for any needs !!!
The CE marking is the new European standard for building products
The CE marking is in the convergence of regulations and national technical standards. It is the guarantee, now mandatory, that your products meet the construction requirements of one or more European directives. The CE marking is going to open the market access of all the EU member countries.
However, it is important to note that each EU member keeps its autonomy to set acceptation criteria for the standards at the national scale.
Each product has to respect a conformity acceptation level. There are 6 levels defined in the decrees which condition the task repartition between the manufacturer and the notified body: from the material declaration to the production control.
What are the changes caused by the new European regulation?
The publication at the 9 march 2011 Official Journal of the new European regulation of the building products (RPC) will cause, from July 2013, concrete modifications in the building material requirements.
Indeed, the RPC transposes the European Technical Approval (ETA) and the European Technical Evaluation (ETE).
Moreover, the European regulation of the building products imposes the manufacturer to realize a performance declaration which will allow the CE marking if there is an existing harmonized standard in which one the material can be classified or if the product meet the requirements of an ETE asked by the manufacturer.
With the idea of always increasing the quality of our service and to be more and more complete in what we offer, the CREPIM team will accompany you in the identification and the realization of the tests which will open the market to you.
The Euroclass system aim is to assess a material contribution to a fire with 5 reaction to fire tests. The concerned building products are, for instance, wall and floor
coverings, paints, varnishes, isolation products, etc.
The M classification (the French one) will consequently be replaced by the Euroclass classification from A1, A2, B to F (for the floor covering, the notation is from A1FL, A2FL, BFL to FFL, and for the thermal isolation product with a linear behavior, the notation is from A1L to FL) for all the products under a harmonized standard or an ETE. Furthermore, the smoke production, (s1, s2, s3) and the production of burning droplets will now be a part of the final classification.
The Euroclass tests simulate three levels of thermic solicitation: a localized little flame attack (E to B classification), solicitation by a burning item (D to A2 classification) and a fire completely developed in a room (A2 and A1 classifications).
CREPIM can from now, assess your products with this new standard, accompany you in the understanding of the key parameters and in the material selection.
Level 1: Product certification
Level 1+: Tests on products taken in plant or in the market
Level 2: Initial inspection of the plant production
Level 2+: Continuous surveillance of the production
Level 3: Initial type testing by a notified body
Level 4: Manufacturer self-declaration
The SBI test, which is the main apparatus used to determine the material reaction to fire behavior according to Euroclass, is justified each time that a building material has to be qualified. However, its high cost (logistic variable costs, high dimension specimens…) and its lack of flexibility do not fit the product development or the quality assessment. That is why CREPIM, faithful to its industries support in their technologic development logic, offers you alternative orientation solutions for the SBI test with the calorimeter cone (smaller scale) and its numeric simulations.
Small Flame Test: NF EN ISO 11925-2
The building product allumability is assessed thanks to a little flame applied on the vertical sample.
Single Burning Item Test (SBI): NF EN 13823
The aim of this test is to measure building product performances when exposed to a thermic solicitation caused by a single burning item through the calorific flow, the flame front propagation, and the smoke development rate.
Incombustibility test: NF EN ISO 1182
The homogeneous and heterogeneous building product incombustibility performance can be determined in specific conditions.
Floor coverings test: NF EN ISO 9239-1
The radiant panel floor test is the reaction to fire test dedicated to the floor coverings, in substitution to the SBI test. The aim is to assess the fire behavior, the flame propagation and the smoke development when exposed to a gradient energetic flow.
Combustion Heat Determination: NF EN ISO 1716
The test with the calorimetric bomb allows the determination of the energy generated by the combustion of the building products: the higher heating value at a constant volume and the net calorific value.