UN/IFRC Woven Flexible Tarpaulin
Reinforced flexible tarpaulins for temporary shelter or personal protection.
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.
~15 USD Interview with manufacturer
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Families and individuals whose homes have been damaged as a result of disasters or conflicts.
This product is mass-produced in Dubai by NRS Relief following the ICRC/IFRC/MSF/Oxfam Standards
Users can obtain a quote of the product from NRS Relief
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
Number of individuals. 1 family = 5 persons
Number of hours from deployment to completion
Main material used
Intended number of years
As calculated by manufacturer
As calculated by manufacturer
Composite estimated R-value
List of suitable climates for use of this components
- 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
Standard size of sheet 4 x 6 m
Standard size of roll 4 x 60 m
There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.
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.
International Federation of Red Cross, Red Crescent Societies, United Nations, and laboratories appointed by the UN Interview with manufacturer
The woven flexible tarpaulin system is intended to drape/stretch over an erected structure – one built by the associated relief organization or the user.
The manufacturer’s technical specifications report that the product complies with different standards for tensile strength, tear strength, UV resistance and fire risk.
BS 2576 for tensile strength, BS 4303 and ISO 4674 for tear strength, ISO 1421-1 for tensile strength of the eyelets, ISO 1421 and ASTM G53/94 for UV resistance, and CPAI 84 sections 5-6 and ISO 4892-2, type A for fire risk and aging.
Suggested uses for woven tarpaulins by the IRFC.
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