Performance of Intumescent Fire Protection Coatings in Non-Standard Heating Scenarios

Enthusiasm with Purpose: Our Aims and Objectives


  • Determine the actual level of performance protection provided by intumescent fire protection coatings in non-standard fire scenarios
  • Seek an Industrial Partner
  • Develop the foundations for innovative non-standard heating scenario tests for future use in rating assessments of fire retardant materials.
  • Upon completion of research programme, orally present any conclusive research findings and recommendations to our Industrial Partner's research and development team
  • Collect data to show levels of corrosive and toxic species contained in Intumescent coatings to provide scope for future Intumescent coatings studies at the University of Edinburgh.


  • Establish final four heating scenarios on which experimental analysis will be based. Eurocode smouldering, standard and non-standard heating scenarios will be analysed within the four scenarios.
  • Design realistic temperature-time plots for non-standard heating scenarios.
  • Perform preliminary fire laboratory experiments using the cone calorimeter and the flame propagation apparatus with the aim of calibrating, and becoming familiar with, each apparatus.
  • Develop appropriate incident heat flux equivalence curves, for each of the four different fire scenarios, for use in cone calorimeter, and/or flame propagation apparatus, laboratory experiments.
  • Perform preliminary tests on 'Black Body' samples and also control tests for comparison with Intumescent coating performance test results.
  • Obtain steel plate samples from Industrial partner. In order to achieve accurate experimental results, ideally each steel plate sample should be pre-coated by a certified third party, and have thermocouples attached, before delivery.

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