PILKINGTON (Australia) recently demonstrated its Pyrostop fire resistant glass product to key fire and design industry members, undertaking a complex fire demonstration test at the Warrington Fire Research testing facility in Dandenong, Victoria. A piece of 5 mm clear toughened glass, 1,180 mm x 1,110 mm, glazed in a steel framing system was exposed to a standard time/ temperature fire test curve. In little over five minutes the glass shattered and failed catastrophically. The second test involved a 9m2 Pilkington Pyrostop glass system, glazed in the same Forster fire resistant steel framing system as the 5 mm toughened glass.

After being exposed to temperatures exceeding 900°C, the glass retained its integrity and insulation properties for more than 75 minutes, even after being doused with water from a hose 30 minutes into the test, before the test was terminated. Pilkington Australia’s market development manager, Paul Cocker, states that Pyrostop “provides robust fire protection and is currently the only product available in the Australian market that provides certified integrity and insulation fire protection as well as offering the aesthetic appeal of high quality float glass.”

Source: Construction Contractor