The objective of the project was to improve established test methods and to develop previously not tested quality characteristics in the field of furniture surface testing. This contributed to the resistance against changing temperatures and changing climate as well as light resistance for prognosis of the long-term stability. Established non-unified test methods for the determination of mechanical wear properties for resistance to abrasion, scratching and impact showed clear weak points. The named test methods were also a component of the work items of the European standard committee for furniture surfaces CEN TC 207 and CEN TC 139 WG 7 and were supposed to support its work.
At the moment when the project was done there were only three standard European test methods for furniture surfaces, covering resistance to cold liquids, dry heat and wet heat. One CEN working group was then developing standard test methods for wear resistance and long-term stability. The FUNFACE project contributed substantially to this work with drafts for test methods for resistance to scratching, abrasion, impact and changing temperature and climate, including high or changing humidity, as well as light fastness. In addition, there were many national test methods for assessing these characteristics; and there were substantial differences between them.
The intention was to use equipment already in common use in the furniture industry, to help manufacturers to stay competitive. To address the need for data on the newer coatings, it was essential to develop methods with a time-lapse effect, to obtain results of performance and durability without having to wait for years.
Duration: from September 2001 to August 2004
Competitive and Sustainable Growth thematic programme of the European Commission’s Fifth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP5) ihd (Germany) | Coordinator, Aidima (Spain) | CATAS (Italy) | CTBA (France) | DTI (Denmark) | Fira (UK) | ITD (Poland) | SHR (The Netherlands)