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Fire Safe Materials Project at NIST.

pdf icon Fire Safe Materials Project at NIST. (949 K)
Kashiwagi, T.; Butler, K. M.; Gilman, J. W.

NISTIR 6588; November 2000.

U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 15th Joint Panel Meeting. Volume 1. Proceedings. March 1-7, 2000, San Antonio, TX, Bryner, S. L., Editor(s), 71-79 pp, 2000.

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fire safety; fire research; gasification; thermoplastics; flame retardants; additives; bubbles; material properties


The results of two studies, which are parts of Fire Safe Materials Project at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are presented. One of them is a study of the effects on gasification rates of the addition of silica particles to thermoplastics as flame retardant additives; the other is the development of a gasification model of thermoplastics including the growth and transport of bubbles through the molten polymer that forms on the heated surface.