Fire-safe compounds: Standard raises burning contradictions

Based on article originally published in ERJ Jan/Feb 2016 issue.

The pan-European railways standard EN 45545-2 covers a wide range of fire safety measures, including materials and their hazard levels.

European standard EN45545-2 came into force in 2013 and will replace all national standards as of March 2016 across the EU; and as far as rubber parts are concerned, fire behaviour of the materials – known as FIRST (flammability, ignitability, rate of heat release, smoke, toxicity) – is the criteria to be met.

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