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Fire testing of plastic fuel tanks

RISE regularly conducts fire tests on plastic fuel tanks for vehicles. The fire tests are carried out in our large fire test hall in accordance with UN Regulation 34 annex 5, clause 5. 

Cause

In most cases, each vehicle model has a uniquely designed fuel tank that must meet the requirements of the method. The current tank must, according to the method, be installed in a test rig that simulates a real installation. In practice, this usually means that the tank is installed in the current vehicle. Components, such as heat shields, plastic shields, etc., that protect the tank or affect the the cource of the flames must as far as possible be installed before each fire test. For practical reasons, one cannot normally use an entire vehicle. When tanks for passenger cars are tested, a half BIW (Body In White) chassis is normally used, i.e. no windows, seats, interior etc. The chassis should normally be used for at least three tests, which means that any combustible parts must be replaced between tests.

The tank is exposed to the fire according to a special procedure for 2 minutes. The tank shall be half filled with fuel and the requirement is that there shall be no leakage of liquid fuel from the tank.

Method

Fire tests are carried out in our large fire test  hall in accordance with UN Regulation 34 annex 5, chapter 5. RISE is accredited for the method and has been designated by the Swedish Transport Agency (TS) as the Technical Service for testing plastic fuel tanks. 

Deliveries

Performed testing with associated report can be used as a basis for certification of the plastic fuel tank. Often, certification organizations (TÜV, VCA, RDW, TS etc.) require tests to be witnessed by the relevant organization.

Link to UN Regulation 34

Ordering

Please contact one of the contact persons below for more information and to discuss the basis for any quotation

Facts

Service

Fire testing of plastic fuel tanks

Innovation area

Fire safety

Delivery level

Accredited

Price

Price on tender

Preparations

In order to carry out the fire tests, a chassis including relevant components as well as relevant information about the fuel system and how it should be mounted is required. Please enter into a dialogue with one of the contact persons below. We also recommend starting a dialogue with a certifying organization at an early stage.

Contact person

Magnus Bobert

Civilingenjör

+46 10 516 51 90
magnus.bobert@ri.se

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Patrik Klämberg

Contact person

Patrik Klämberg

Senior projektledare

+46 10 516 66 62
patrik.klamberg@ri.se

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