Polyurethane insulation and its effects on the intensity of fire

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ConferenceProc. Society of the Plastics Industry of Canada's 6th Annual Rigid Polyurethane Foam Committee Fall General Meeting and Conference: 11 September 1985, Hull, Quebec, Canada
Subjectthermal insulating materials; expanded plastics; fire spread; combustibility; toxicity; fire hazards; foamed-plastic insulation; thermal barriers; fire protection; combustibility; flame spread; fire load; toxicity; Cellular plastics (plastic foam); Foam; Fire; isolant thermique; plastique dilaté; développement du feu; combustibilité; toxicité
AbstractSome of the potential fire hazards resulting from the use of foamed-plastic insulation in buildings are considered. Published literature indicates that if foamed plastic is protected on the room side, the hazards are diminished since the foam does not contribute directly to fire growth by spreading flames. When insulation is protected by a thermal barrier, it is found that both preflashover fire growth and post-flashover fire severity are not greatly affected by the insulation.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number25849
NPARC number20375595
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