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Wednesday, 6 July 2016 14:47:26 Europe/London

July Newsletter

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

Fire Resistance Indicative Test

Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:25:31 Europe/London

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Fire resistance testing

 On 21st June, we went to Exova WarringtonFire to have an indicative Fire Resistance test carried out on NoMorePly. These tests determine how long a burn time the NoMorePly boards have. Burn Time is used to indicate how long people would have to escape a burning building, the minimum requirement is 30 minutes.

The boards were built onto a frame of 70mm metal studwork which was 1.5m x 1.5m, using 12mm on each side of the frame. This frame is then backed onto a furnace, temperature probes are attached to the boards and the furnace is ignited.

The criteria they are looking for are:
        1) Do the flames pass from the furnace side to the outer side?
        2) Do any gaps form in the structure?
        3) Is there any loss of impermeability?

Burn Time is the time at which one of the above happens, which would be our result.

At around 12 minutes, steam started coming from the structure, which was the moisture evaporating out of the boards. At around 30 minutes, there was still no signs of the external boards giving up. At 42 minutes, the joint on the outside gave way enough for the cotton wool pad to ignite on testing.

This is a good indication, with the final test is still down the line. Watch this space for further results…

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

NoMorePly Acoustic Testing - a reSOUNDing success

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 16:27:31 Europe/London

Acoustics

On Monday 13th June, we went over to the University of Salford to have some acoustic tests undertaken on the NoMorePly boards. They were tested for both airborne noise (sound that travels through the air, e.g. music) and impact noise (sound that travels through impact, e.g. footfalls) for both flooring and walls.

For the airbourne test the boards were built into panels and were fitted into the aperture. We had a number of different make ups tested – one with 12mm NoMorePly on one side, plasterboard on the other and insulation in the middle, one with 12mm NoMorePly on both sides and insulation in the middle and one with 22mm on one side, 12mm on the other side and insulation in the middle.  

Once the panels were fitted, the edges were filled with cork and then everything was in place. The sound was transmitted from the source room, through the boards around the aperture and into the receiving room. Following the recording, a flat sound was analysed to give us our final reading.

 For the impact test both the 12mm and 22mm were tested with a variety of different sound proofing mats to find the best option.  A step machine "walks" on the boards and the transfer of noise is measured in the receiving room below.

We will be publishing the certification in due course, so stay tuned for that!

 The NoMorePly has some indicative Fire Resistance Testing coming up next week, more on that later...

Comments | Posted By Rachel Kelsey

June Newsletter

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 14:20:24 Europe/London

June Newsletter

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