UL Testing was established to evaluate the performance characteristics of the FAST Board in accordance with the agreed upon test protocol based on the procedures from NFPA 1983-2012.
The NFPA 1983 test torso was loaded into each FAST Board for all tests. The setup was intended to simulate a human torso loaded into the Board. Horizontal test setup anchored the head and groin rings to the floor and the hydraulic piston pulled a set of straps threaded through the top and bottom of the Board. Vertical testing was conducted with the torso groin attachment anchored to the stationary attachment element of the vertical tensile tester. The haul straps were attached to the moving end of the vertical tensile tester and the constant load applied until break.
Deformation was not measured during testing.
Horizontal 1 – Testing was stopped at 6740 lbf (29.98 kN) after machine was fully retracted.
Vertical 1 – The webbing that runs across the left side of the test torso’s chest ruptured at 6238 lbf (27.75 kN.)
Vertical 2 – The webbing stitching that runs across the left side of the test torso’s chest ruptured at 6252 lbf (27.81 kN.)