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We've caught fire – and are studying it with the Fire Testing Technology series

Fire affects us in both direct and indirect ways. How it reacts with different materials can be linked to our safety and means of escape from a burning building or motor vehicle, and the toxicity levels of different chemicals under fire conditions can directly affect us, both in our everyday surroundings and in industrial settings.

The properties of fire have wide-reaching applications across disciplines too, from environmental science and biochemistry to the use of calorimeters within the food technology sector.

Armfield’s recently launched Fire Testing Technology Series is designed to test and measure the various properties of fire, ignitability, flame spread and smoke, heat and toxicity release, among other applications.

Armfield's fire testing family

The Fire Testing Technology range is specifically designed to introduce students to the fundamental principles of measuring reaction to fire, exploring the concepts of ignition, flame spread, smoke production, heat release and toxicity. Each FTT unit covers a particular part of the fire testing spectrum.

The FTT1 Ignitability Apparatus measures the percentage of oxygen required to support ignition or combustion of different materials.

The FTT2 Flame Spread Apparatus studies the flammability of materials typically used in the occupant compartments of motor vehicles.

The FTT3 Smoke Release Apparatus measures the amount of smoke produced when a material combusts.

The FTT4 Oxygen Bomb Calorimeter is designed to measure the heat of combustion or calculate the calorific value of a material.

The FTT5 Heat Release & Mass Loss Calorimeter measures both ignitability, mass loss rate and heat release.

The FTT6 Toxicity Apparatus is designed to study the toxicity of burnt materials.

The FTT7 Cone Calorimeter can test several important real fire properties of materials simultaneously under a variety of preset conditions.

Introducing a WaterMkII

The updates to the Armfield W series continue this month, as we announce MkII versions of three more units in the Water Treatment range. The redesigned Filterability Apparatus (W4MkII) has an increased pump range and universal power supply. The Deep Bed Filter Column (W5MkII) has been upgraded with electronic flow and pressure sensors, and the retooled Model Sedimentation Tank (W7MkII) has a larger settling tank among its improvements.

Refreshing the UOP range

In addition to product upgrades, we are working on updating the design style of all our data sheets. These include three products in our Heat & Mass Transfer Unit Operations (UOP) series; the Solid/Liquid Extraction Unit (UOP4MkII), the Fixed Bed Adsorption Unit (UOP15), and the Modular Evaporator Family (UOP20X). You can download all our product data sheets in PDF form directly from each unit's page.

The Armfield Filterability Apparatus

Filterability Apparatus

The Armfield Deep Bed Filter Column

Deep Bed Filter Column

The Armfield Model Sedimentation Tank

Model Sedimentation Tank

Join us in New Orleans for ASEE on 26-29 June

The 2016 ASEE Annual Conference and Exhibition will be held in New Orleans from 26 to 29 June. ASEE's 123rd annual conference, is dedicated to all disciplines of educational engineering. The itinerary covers everything from lectures and presentations by prominent members of the engineering education community, to social events such as the music-filled Division Mixer.

We will be there, on stand 527 + 626 in the New Orleans Convention Center, exhibiting a selection of our products. Among those are two FTT products, the Ignitability Apparatus (FTT1) and the Heat Release & Mass Loss Calorimeter (FTT5), along with our 3-Phase Horizontal Separator (UOP30), Sedimentation Studies Apparatus (W2MkII) and Computer-Controlled Water Cooling Tower (UOP6MkII).