Aluminium Composite Material (ACM) panels are flat panels consisting of two thin, coil-coated aluminium sheets bonded to a non-aluminium fire rated core.
ACM panels are widely used in applications where a combination of high structural rigidity and low weight is required. Typical applications are for insulation, signage, internal partitions and external architectural cladding for façades of commercial and residential buildings.
It is a simple yet versatile product which when used as a façade is weather-and shock-resistant, durable and easy to install. ACM panels also provide good thermal and sound insulation. Rigid foam CPVC cores for ACM panels manufactured using TempRite® Engineered Materials do not require mineral fillers and are therefore only 30-50% of the weight of mineral-filled high density polyethylene cores. More importantly, foam CPVC has better fire performance, offering significant safety benefits and aiding compliance with increasingly stringent fire regulations.
ASTM E1354 micro cone calorimeter testing suggests that foam CPVC cores made from TempRite Engineered Materials offer A2 panel fire performance, giving off less heat when burned and proving more efficient at controlling fire. The intrinsic charring behaviour and low heat sink from CPVC foam cores mean that fire spread is reduced, which is an important safety consideration.
Lubrizol’s CPVC TempRite Engineered Materials have for many years been the basis of the proven technology of its well-established BlazeMaster® Fire Protection Systems.