Research shows that 30 years ago, you had about 17 minutes to escape a house fire. Today it's down to three or four minutes. The main reason for this increased hazard is that the synthetic (oil-based) materials that are now mainly used to build houses, or to manufacture household appliances and furniture will burn a lot faster. Burning behaviour and the restistance to heat and flames are also important properties of protective clothing and gloves, nightwear, toys and the interior of (public) transportation means.

Centexbel's fire laboratory is completely equipped to analyse the burning behaviour of textiles and plastics, and to issue the necessary certificates.

In conformity with the applying national and international standards and with the European regulations, Centexbel carries out tests which results are valid in all EU member countries, the United Kingdom, the United States ...

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Accelarated weathering of plastics

Ultraviolet radiation, temperature, and moisture contribute to material degradation of products exposed to the elements. Accelerated weathering tests simulate these conditions using special environmental chambers and instruments in order to speed up the weathering process and to measure its effects on parts, components, products, and materials.

Antibacterial efficiency

Resistance to bacterial growth

Antifungal efficiency

Determination of the Antimycotic Activity - Agar Diffusion Plate Test

Barrier properties of textiles

Centexbel has the knowhow and equipment to assess the barrier properties of textiles, surgical gowns, masks and drapes, against microorganisms and blood.

Biological evaluation of medical devices

To assess the health and safety risks linked with the skin contact with medical devices, Centexbel examines their toxic effect on the skin (cytotoxicity, irritation, sensitivity,…) according to ISO 10993-5 “Biological evaluation of medical devices – part 5 - cytotoxicity : in vitro methods”

Burning behaviour of PPE

Assessments of the resistance of PPE to heat, fire, splashes of molten metal

Capillary rheometry

Capillary rheometers principle is based on measurement of the melt flow, by a pressure applied through the precisely dimensioned capillary.

Carpet classification

European standard EN 1307 specifies the requirements for classification, domestic or commercial, of all carpets and carpet tiles, excluding rugs and runners into use classes. EN 1307 is linked to EN ISO 10874:2012, which is a classification system for resilient, textile and laminate floor coverings. The classification is based on practical requirements for areas of use and intensity of use.

Carpet wear - changes in appearance

Testing and evaluation of changes in appearance by means of Vetterman drum and hexapod tumbler tester

Charpy & Izod Impact tests

There are two types of test use for testing the Impact resistance of any material one is Izod Impact resistance test and other is Charpy Impact resistance test. Both of them use the same principle to test the Impact resistance of any material but still there are may difference in them and our today's article will show these difference between Izod and Charpy Impact testing