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Whilst large scale fire testing provides a very good indication of how products will actually perform, this section explores how closely insulated panel systems have lived up to their test results when exposed to real fires.
Over the last 10-15 years, Kingspan has collated a comprehensive collection of fire case study information on major fires in a wide range of buildings
All case studies are independently investigated and have only been published where we have permission
Real Fire Case Studies Conclusions - Wharfedale Hospital
In spite of a very severe fire at ground level (sufficient to damage the concrete floors and distort fire protected steel beams) the cores of the insulated panels: did not ignite; and did not promote fire spread.
Real Fire Case Studies Conclusions - Audi Dealership, Belgium
The PIR cored sandwich panels were subject to a fire likely to have lasted at least 15 minutes from ignition.
It is likely that the cladding will have been subjected to peak incident radiative heat flux of at least 31.8kW/m2 for a period of at least 10 minutes.
The sandwich panels exposed to these conditions sustained damage in terms of delamination of the exposed steel skin of the panels away from the PIR core, removal of the paint coating and pyrolysis of the PIR core material to a depth of approximately 40mm.
There was no evidence of fire propagation within the panels.
Download this reference document for a comprehensive overview of Kingspan's tested and accredited systems, the testing regimes they are subjected to, and independently assessed real fire case studies.
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