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A Study of the Thermal Degradation and Combustion Characteristics of Some Materials Commonly Used in the Construction Sector

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Institute of Sustainable Industries and Liveable Cities, Victoria University, PO Box 14428, Melbourne, VIC 8001, Australia
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Belfast School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Ulster University, Newtownabbey BT37 0QB, Northern Ireland, UK
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Polymers 2019, 11(11), 1833; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11111833
Received: 23 August 2019 / Revised: 30 October 2019 / Accepted: 4 November 2019 / Published: 7 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials)
In the present work, some materials that are commonly used in the construction industry were studied with regard to their thermal degradation characteristics and combustion attributes. These included façade materials for pre-fabricated houses, such as the layers of cross-laminated timber (CLT) and the inner core of aluminium composite panels (ACPs). The relevant investigations were carried out by employing thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) and pyrolysis combustion flow calorimetry (PCFC). The Arrhenius parameters and the associated calorimetric quantities, i.e., heat release rates, temperature to the peak heat release rate, heats of combustion, heat release capacities, and char yields, were also evaluated. These parameters showed that CLT is more fire retarded than the polymeric internal core of ACP façade materials. Furthermore, some valuable correlations among the various test quantities were found. For instance, a good correlation exists between the general profiles of the thermograms obtained through TGA runs and the heat release rate (HRR) traces from PCFC measurements. Depending on the nature of the materials, the char yields measured by PCFC can be 4–20 times higher than the ones obtained through TGA. View Full-Text
Keywords: façade materials; thermal degradation; combustion characteristics; correlations façade materials; thermal degradation; combustion characteristics; correlations
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Solorzano, J.A.P.; Moinuddin, K.A.M.; Tretsiakova-McNally, S.; Joseph, P. A Study of the Thermal Degradation and Combustion Characteristics of Some Materials Commonly Used in the Construction Sector. Polymers 2019, 11, 1833.

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