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Past and Future of Public Flame Retardancy Research.

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Gilman, J. W.

International Fire Safety Conference. Spring Conference. Proceedings. Fire Retardant Chemicals Association (FRCA). March 11-14, 2001, San Francisco, CA, Fire Retardant Chemicals Assoc., Lancaster, PA, 93-106 pp, 2001.


flame retardants; fire safety; polymers; material properties; silica gel; particle size; silica; flammability; heat release rate; clay; nanocomposites; cone calorimeters; gasification


Public flame retardancy research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has had a long cooperative relationship with the Flame Retardant Chemicals Association (FRCA). Issues of fundamental and practical importance have been investigated, with a positive impact on public fire safety. This paper reviews some of these programs and interactions, with a focus on recent and planned consortia activities associated with mechanistic studies of new approaches to flame retarding commodity polymers.