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Fire Resistance and Fire Reaction of Bio-Composite Sandwiches for Building Construction

Lookup NU author(s): Pietro Di Modica, Dr George Kotsikos, Professor Geoff Gibson



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Fire Resistance performance of Bio based sandwich panels were investigated. The tested samples consisted of bio-epoxy-flax fibre laminate composite skins with different cores: agglomerated cork sheets, balsa wood and PVC foam (La Rosa, 2014). 200X200 mm samples were fire tested at 35kW/m2 to compare the results from reaction to fire measurements from cone calorimetry tests. Cork Sandwich performed better than PVC sandwich. A beneficial synergistic effect of the sandwich structure towards fire resistance was observed, increasing the fire resistance time by 40%.

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Author(s): Di Modica P, La Rosa AD, Cicala G, Kotsikos G, Gibson G

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: ICNF 2015, 2nd International Conference on Natural Fibres

Year of Conference: 2015

Acceptance date: 20/02/2015

Date deposited: 28/01/2016