All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber
Flame, Smoke and Toxicity (FST Rubber Products) made of EPDM and Neoprene Rubber - "All Aboard!!!"

    All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber - is a family of EPDM and Neoprene Rubber products manufactured to help those in the railroad car design and repair industry to address the need to meet the following FST Flame, Smoke and Toxicity) Standards:

All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber meets:

NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems

 

ASTM C1166 – Standard Test Method for Flame Propagation of Dense and Cellular Elastomeric Gaskets and Accessories

 
ASTM E162 – Surface Flammability of Material Using a Radiant High Energy Source
 

ASTM E662 – Standard Test Method for Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials

 

BSS 7239 Toxicity Test – Fire test to aircraft material – Boeing Standard

 

FMVSS No. 302, Flammability of Interior Material

 

Flame and Smoke Resistant EPDM and Neoprene Rubber

 

The Mat King “All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber” provides flame and smoke resistant neoprene rubber and self-extinguishing EPDM and neoprene rubber. As public safety becomes increasingly more prominent as one of the country’s major concerns, conformance with and to the various fire safety specifications is essential for businesses in the United States. Flame propagation testing falling under the ASTM C 1166 Standard Test Method for Flame Propagation of Dense and Cellular Elastomeric Gaskets and Accessories is required more and more than ever before.

Testing is conducted on all elastomeric materials employed in product parts having surface areas of 16 inches² (100 cm²) or greater. Materials such as wiring slings in computer networking applications, weather seals, window gaskets, and diaphragms are all products that must conform to ASTM C -1166 because they are customized to meet an increasingly wide array of applications.
Flame propagation evaluates the extent to which flame spreads when exposed to heat and flame, flame and smoke resistant neoprene and EPDM rubber provided by The Mat King meet or exceed the guidelines proscribed in ASTM C 1166, which asks that cellular and dense elastomers be exposed to a Bunsen burner with a specified flame for 5 to 15 minutes respectively. In either case, the flame from the cellular or the dense elastomers must not spread more than 4.87 inches (100 mm).

All types of human transportation aides, such as automobiles, railroad cars, subway cars and airplanes, are being scrutinized from a safety standpoint and particularly regarding fire smoke, and toxicity.

Railroad lines, commercial airlines, and mass transit companies in general have become more and more vigilant about specifying tested and certified products to both protect their passengers from harm in case of an accident and, frankly, to protect their organizations and corporate leadership from what has become an ever-increasing litigious environment. Interior trim elements, certain extruded seals in windows and floors, seating, cable retainers and covers are some examples of items in a vehicles involved in transportation where flame, smoke, or toxicity dampening products are often specified. In the event of a fire, these products are designed to allow passengers the necessary time to escape from the burning vehicle safely. Those companies that manufacture rubber sheet goods and custom rubber extrusions must to pay strict attention to the dual objective of making their products flame retardant and low generators of  smoke. The right balance is very important.

 

Product Information 60 Durometer Sheet 70 Durometer Sheet 70 Durometer Extrusion 80 Durometer Sheet and Extrusion
Polymer EPDM EPDM EPDM EPDM
Conforms to: NFPA 130 NFPA 130 NFPA 130 NFPA 130
Conforms to: BSS 7239 BSS 7239 BSS 7239
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Conforms to: ASTM C1166 ASTM C1166 ASTM C1166 ASTM C1166
Conforms to: ASTM E662 ASTM E662 ASTM E662 ASTM E662
Conforms to: FMV-SS-302 FMV-SS-302 FMV-SS-302 FMV-SS-302
Product Number 3590-112-5041 3590-112-5043 3590-112-2572 3590-112-5042
Tensile (PSI)
1500
1200
1200
1000
Elongation (%)
400
250
250
300

 

Product Information 50 Durometer Sheet 60 Durometer Sheet 60 Durometer Sheet
Polymer EPDM (gray)* Neoprene Neoprene
Conforms to:
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ASTM C1166 ASTM C1166
Conforms to:
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ASTM E162
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Conforms to: FMV-SS-302 FMV-SS-302 FMV-SS-302
Product Number 3590-112-5670 3590-112-5040 3590-112-3563
Tensile (PSI)
1000
1500
2250
Elongation (%)
300
250
350

 

 

All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber
Product Number Summary Descriptionj Detaild Description Price
3590-102-5041 EPDM 60 Durometer Sheet All Aboard EPDM Rubber Sheet 60 duro per NFPA-130; Black; (1/16”; 1/8”; 1/4”; 1/2”) x (36”x36” or 48"x48"); tensile (PSI):1500; elongation %: 400; __#/__; $/ea
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3590-112-5043 EPDM 70 Durometer Sheet All Aboard EPDM Rubber Sheet 70 duro per NFPA-130; Black; (1/16”; 1/8”; 1/4”; 1/2”) x (36”x36” or 48"x48"); tensile (PSI):1200; elongation %: 250; __#/__; $/ea
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3590-112-2572 EPDM 70 Durometer Extrusion All Aboard EPDM Rubber Extrusion 70 duro per NFPA-130; Black; (TBD) x (TBD); tensile (PSI):1200; elongation %: 250; __#/__; $/ea
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3590-112-5042 EPDM 80 Durometer Sheet or Extrusion All Aboard EPDM Rubber Sheet 80 duro per NFPA-130; Black; (1/16”; 1/8”; 1/4”; 1/2”) x (36”x36” or 48"x48") or Extrusion; tensile (PSI):1200; elongation %: 250; __#/__; $/ea
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3590-112-5670 EPDM 50 Durometer Sheet All Aboard EPDM Rubber Sheet 50 duro per FMV-SS-302; Gray; (1/16”; 1/8”; 1/4”; 1/2”) x (36”x36” or 48"x48"); tensile (PSI):1000; elongation %: 300; __#/__; $/ea
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3590-112-5040 Neoprene 60 Durometer Sheet All Aboard Neoprene Rubber Sheet 60 duro per ASTM C1166; Black; (1/16”; 1/8”; 1/4”; 1/2”) x (36”x36” or 48"x48"); tensile (PSI):1500; elongation %: 250; __#/__; $/ea
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3590-112-3563 Neoprene 60 Durometer Sheet All Aboard Neoprene Rubber Sheet 60 duro per ASTM C1166; Black; (1/16”; 1/8”; 1/4”; 1/2”) x (36”x36” or 48"x48"); tensile (PSI):2250; elongation %: 350; __#/__; $/ea
Please Call for Custom Quote
       
Pricing: The All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber products are available in thicknesses ranging typically from 1/16 of an inch to 1/2 of an inch and can be made in thicknesses of up to 3 inches should such need exist. Roll can be 36 inches or 48 inches in width. Minimum quantities are based on the thickness and roll widths required and will be quoted accordingly. You are invited to request a custom quote for any of the All Aboard Railroad Car Compatible Rubber products mentioned on this product information page. Product Numbers are listed above. Please provide contact person's name, phone number, e-mail address, destination city, state and Zip Code and the specific details of the rubber product needed; i.e. Durometer, Sheet Rubber or Rubber Extrusion and to which test method or methods the rubber products needed are to conform. Thank you.

Flame Propagation is the movement or the spread of a flame outward in a combustible environment.

 

NFPA 130 Standard for Fixed Guideway Transit and Passenger Rail Systems
The NFPA 130 guideline was established to provide fire protection and safety requirements for underground, surface and elevated rail systems. The Standard includes emergency ventilation systems and other systems that are deemed to be crucial in case of a fire. “The purpose of the NFPA 130 Standard is to provide realistic degrees of safety in the event of a fire.”
As required by the NFPA 130 Standard, the following rubber compounds provided by The Mat King have been tested to ensure complete compliance. Certifications of Conformance will be provided on request.

 

ASTM C1166 – Standard Test Method for Flame Propagation of Dense and Cellular Elastomeric Gaskets and Accessories

This test is run on rubber sheets and rubber extrusions and tells to what extent flame will spread along the material when exposed to a resident heat source, i.e. heat and flame. The slower the flame spreads the longer time passengers and safety services personnel will have to react to potentially dangerous situations.

 

ASTM E162 – Surface Flammability of Material Using a Radiant High Energy Source

ASTME 162 is the standard that generally applies to surface flammability of rubber commonly used in the manufacture of items used in the mass transit industry especially in buses and in railroad trains. It is also used in factory built or manufactured homes and in the recreational vehicle industry. This standard is seen as being a very “realistic” testing procedure since it calls for the material being tested to be exposed to a radiant heat source over a 12 to 18-inch area, which would be more like what happens is a “real life” fire.

ASTM E662 – Standard Test Method for Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by Solid Materials

ASTM E662 standard is commonly referred to as the “smoke chamber test” and is usually used along with the ASTM C1166 and the ASTM E162 standards. Material to be tested is placed in a fixed volume box and is then irradiated with an electric heat source to produce smoke. The amount of smoke density is measured for two time-specific time periods. 1 to 1.5 minutes and 4 minutes. In a statement from the FRA (U.S. Federal Railroad Administration), “The key is how much smoke is generated in the first four minutes. Passenger safety and the firefighter’s ability to attack the source of the fire will suffer if the interior of a burning rail car is smoky enough to impede visibility.” In several best practices recommendations, the statement “for all applications requiring smoke density testing (ASTM E662), the BSS 7239 smoke toxicity test is also required.”

BSS 7239 Toxicity Test – Fire test to aircraft material Boeing Specification Support Standard BSS 7239 Rev: A1-18-88 for Toxic Gas Generation by Material on Combustion

In the 1970s, The Boeing Corporation initiated a procedure called BSS 7279, which was used in designs to measure the amount of toxic gas generated from particular materials. From that beginning, other manufacturers, such as a Bombardier in the 1980s, have taken their own routes to accomplish the same objective. But, the BSS 7279 is still the most recognized testing standard used for this purpose.

FMVSS No. 302, Flammability of Interior Material for Passenger Cars, Multipurpose Vehicles, and Trucks (Officially known as 49 CFR 571.302)

In the late 1960s, the NHTSA (National Highway Transportation Safety Administration), in order  to protect the traveling public, determined that it would need to establish a basic guideline for the safety of passengers that were related to the flammability of interior trim used in the manufacture of various vehicles. It was decided that sound deadening products, venetian blinds, weather strips and cushioning pads should be tested and certified to this simple and effective test procedure. The products included here The Mat King premium grade EPDM and Neoprene all meet these requirements.

Flame and Smoke Resistant EPDM and Neoprene Rubber

Flame and Smoke Resistant Neoprene Rubber

Links of Interest:

"The American Railroad Passanger Car" by John H. White, Jr. Part 2

Minnesota Transportation Museum - Passanger Cars

 

     
 
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