RISE Fire Research performs a large number of tests on a variety of different vehicle components every year. Our testing facilities offer great opportunities for the customers to get custom designed tests and evaluations of their products with efficiency and accuracy. We perform tests on components as well as whole vehicles.
Testing activities include:
- Fuel tanks
- Fuel hoses and fuel filters
- Interior materials
- Batteries and cables
- Barrier structures
We are accredited for a large number of test methods, including our own test methods for evaluating fire suppression and fire detection systems intended for engine compartments of buses and other heavy vehicles, SP Method 4912 and SP Method 5320. Read more about P-certification here.
The European legislation through UNECE has adopted parts of SP Method 4912 in Regulation No. 107 Annex 13. We provide a Technical Service for the Swedish Transport Agency (sv. Transportstyrelsen). That means that we perform fire tests for the Swedish Transport Agency that in their role as Type Approval Authority can issue approvals for e.g. suppression systems according to Regulation No. 107 based on the results of the tests performed at our facilities. The regulation states that installation and testing of fire suppression systems will be mandatory in engine compartments of all single-deck, double-deck, rigid or articulated vehicle of category M2 or M3 and specifically vehicles having a capacity exceeding 22 passengers. For Class III vehicles (seated passengers i.e. coaches) it will become compulsory July 2018 for new types of vehicles and July 2019 for all existing types. For Class I and II vehicles (e.g. city buses allowing standing passengers) it will become compulsory September 2020 (new types) and 2021 (all). The regulation also requires risk analysis to be performed before installing a system in an engine compartment.
The European legislation relating to environmentally hazardous emissions, against which the Euro emission classes for engines are based, has had the effect of specifying higher ambient temperatures for components in the engine compartment and in the exhaust gas cleaning system. This in turn imposes higher requirements in respect of gas tightness, thermal insulation performance and durability. RISE can test these components under conditions which are normally encountered in exhaust gas treatment systems, in which components are exposed to high temperatures for longer periods of time.
In addition, airbags and seat belt tensioners can be tested in accordance with ISO 12097-3, Section 7.4, in order to verify that gas generators, airbag’s or belt tensioners do not fragment when activated.