Fire & Flammablity Testing

Specific Test List

CALIFORNIA TECHNICAL BULLETIN 117-2013Download PDFDownload

TEST SAMPLE SIZE PERFORMANCE TIME
Section 1 - Cover Fabric Test 1 piece: 1.5 yards FW

OR

6 pieces: 15" x 8"

AND

6 pieces: 12" x 8"
7 - 10 days
Section 2 - Barrier Materials Test 1 piece: 1.5 yards FW

OR

6 pieces: 15" x 8"

AND

6 pieces: 12" x 8"
7 - 10 days
Section 3 - Resilient Filling Materials 6 pieces: 8" x 8" x 2"

AND

6 pieces: 8" x 5" x 2"
7 - 10 days
Section 4 - Decking Material Test 2 pieces: 13.5" x 21.0" x 1.0" 7 - 10 days
  • FW = Full Width
  • 1 - For the cover fabric test, 1.5 yards is preferable as it allows SGS Govmark to properly cut the heaviest concentration of the weave pattern.
  • 2 - If the filling material is less than 2", send enough layers to equal 2" in thickness.
  • 3 - If the decking material is less than 1", send enough layers to equal 1" in thickness.

Test Details

The California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 test uses small cushions which are miniatures of the seat cushion and the seat back. These cushions are combinations of the submitted product combined with standard materials.

Section 1

Upholstery cover materials submitted for this section are placed over a standard polyurethane foam. The details of the standard foam are as follows:

Standard Polyurethane Substrate: The Standard Polyurethane Substrate shall have the following specifications based on physical test methods described in the most current version of ASTM-D3574: Density: 1.8 ± 0.5lb/ft3, Indentation Force Deflection (IFD): 27 to 33, Air permeability: 3.5 to 4 cfm, with no flame-retardant chemical added in either the manufacturing or post manufacturing processes.

Section 2

The barrier materials submitted for this section are placed over a standard polyurethane foam. The barrier foam combination is than covered with a standard cotton velvet. The details of the two standard components are as follows:

Standard Polyurethane Substrate: The Standard Polyurethane Substrate shall have the following specifications based on physical test methods described in the most current version of ASTM-D3574: Density: 1.8 ± 0.5lb/ft3, Indentation Force Deflection (IFD): 27 to 33, Air permeability: 3.5 to 4 cfm, with no flame-retardant chemical added in either the manufacturing or post manufacturing processes.

Standard Type II Cover Fabric: The Standard Type II cover fabric shall have the following specifications: FABRIC: Pattern 8500, COLOR: Beige, FIBER CONTENT: 100% Cotton Velvet, WEIGHT/LINEAL YD.: 14.5 oz., (54 inches), BACKCOATING: None

Section 3

The filling materials submitted for this section are covered with a standard cotton ticking. The details of the cotton ticking are as follows:

Standard Type I Cover Fabric: The Standard Type I cover fabric shall be 100% cotton mattress ticking conforming to Fed. Spec. CCC-C-436-E. It shall be laundered and tumble-dried once before using.

Section 4

This section is different than sections 1, 2, and 3 as the decking material is tested only in a horizontal configuration. The decking materials that are submitted are covered with a standard cotton velvet. The details of the cotton velvet are as follows:

Standard Type II Cover Fabric: The Standard Type II cover fabric shall have the following specifications: FABRIC: Pattern 8500, COLOR: Beige, FIBER CONTENT: 100% Cotton Velvet, WEIGHT/LINEAL YD.: 14.5 oz., (54 inches), BACKCOATING: None

It should be noted that Bulletin 117-2013 has two dates: Effective date is January 1, 2014

Mandatory compliance date is January 1, 2015