Updated on March 11, 2024


Created on August 27, 2015

UN/IFRC Woven Flexible Tarpaulin

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Reinforced flexible tarpaulins for temporary shelter or personal protection.

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Product Description

The UN/IFRC Woven Flexible Tarpaulin is a 4 x 6 m (60 m for multiple use) woven plastic tarp, used as a temporary reliable shelter or personal protection.

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is mass-produced in Dubai by NRS Relief following the ICRC/IFRC/MSF/Oxfam Standards

Intellectural Property Type

Trade Secret

User Provision Model

Users can obtain a quote of the product from NRS Relief

Distributions to Date Status

The company produces and distributes Woven Flexible Tarpaulin since the decade of 1980, and there is not a registry of how many of this product have been distributed so far. However, the manufacturer estimated that around 100,000 were distributed in the last years Interview with manufacturer

Intended number of occupants (#)


Speed of assembly


Footprint area (m²)

24 m²

Internal volume (m³)


Material composition

Woven high density polyethylene (HDPE) black fibers fabric coated on both sides with low density polyethylene (LDPE) coating.

Lifespan (years)

2 years

Flammable Flash Point Temperature (°C)

200 °C

Maximum snow load (kg/m²)


Maximum wind speed (km/h)


Suitable climates

All climates

Design Specifications

Woven tarpaulin design specs summary:

  • ICRC/IFRC/MSF/Oxfam Standard
  • High density polyethylene black fibers.
  • Laminated on both sides with low density polyethylene coating
  • Reinforced with 6 bands of 7.5 cm width with woven black HDPE fibers and coated outside
  • Water, rot, and soil fauna resistant
  • Temperature resistant from -20° to +80°C
  • Flammability flash point over 200°C

Product Schematics

Technical Support

There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.

Replacement Components



The Red Cross estimates a life span of 2 years minimum in the strongest tropical condition. The material can be used as second hand raw materials when they are no longer fit for a shelter. Many secondary usages have been observed, such as bags for recycled waste collection, car tarpaulins, raincoats, personal bags, etc.

Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

The product was designed to resist water, rot, soil fauna, high temperatures (-20° to +80°C), and fire (flammability flash point over 200°C)

Vetted Performance Status




Complementary Technical Systems

The woven flexible tarpaulin system is intended to drape/stretch over an erected structure - one built by the associated relief organization or the user.

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations

The manufacturer's technical specifications report that the product complies with different standards for tensile strength, tear strength, UV resistance and fire risk.

Other Information

Suggested uses for woven tarpaulins by the IRFC.

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