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Ease of Ignition

Ease of Ignition

Ease of Ignition. Many small flame fire tests for textiles are designed to assess how easily a sample is ignited.

The basic principle behind such assessment is that easily ignited textiles can become larger ignition sources for other adjacent materials leading to fire development.

A good test result is that the textile does not burn when the ignition source is removed, called ‘self-extinguishing’. This is a very critical assessment of risk in the case of textiles and is the area of performance where flame retardants are most effective.

See also: Rate of spread of flameWhy do textile fibres burn?

Peter Wragg
Peter Wragg
pjw@fretwork.org.uk
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