Burn Testing - The following burn tests were
conducted in June 2008. While
advanced combat helmets specification calls for the following flame
resistance: "The finished shell shall be
self-extinguishing with no after-flame.
Flaming before the withdrawal of the flame source
is permitted. There shall be
no melting or dripping. It is desired, however,
that the finished shell be
ignition resistant." Unfortunately, there is no requirement that we can find
for fire resistance of the pads. Click on the photos for the filmstrip of
The initial tests where conducted using a propane torch. The
second set of tests used a standard kitchen match.
Team Wendy - these next two pad sets are based on the Team Wendy
produced by Team Wendy and others are built by the National
Industries for the
Blind. They burn really well.
4 June, 2010: After three years
of our urging, Team Wendy finally decided to include
fire retardant material
to the Zorbium foam used in their seat pads. Now, how do we convince them to make
their helmet pads fire retardant as well as wearable for the long, danger-filled duty hours our troops
have to endure the 'shrink wrapped bricks' of helmet pads they now provide the
military as sole source?
Oregon Aero - the next pad is from Oregon Aero. While the
external material will burn,
the internal foam pads don't unless the torch is
applied. Once removed, the flame goes out.
MSA - This is the MSA pad that has a black and white speckled
MSA has also provided re-branded pads from TW and OA. The MSA-manufactured
pads burn really well.
Skydex - This pad may or may not have a Skydex label. The
and first internal layer burns really well. The second layer internal pad,
harder plastic layer, will burn or melt.
The Second set of tests were done using a kitchen
match to start the pads.
Click on the photos for the video of the pads burning.
On the Oregon Aero
pads, I couldn't get them to start after three matches and
ran out of matches,
so I used a propane torch as was done above.