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Plastics. Part C. Composite Materials.

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Brown, J. E.

Chapter 12;

Heat Release in Fires, Elsevier Applied Science, NY, Babrauskas, V.; Grayson, S. J., Editor(s)(s), 447-459 pp, 1992.


heat release rate; fire protection engineering; plastics; composite materials; ignition; gasification; reinforced plastics


A composite is a combined material created by synthetic assembly of two or more components - a selected filler or a reinforcing agent and a compatible binder (i.e., a resin) in order to obtain specific characteristics and properties. Methodologies of composite fabrication and the resulting properties are described in detail in a number of comprehensive works, such as those of Lubin, Grayson, and the ASM International Handbook. Moreover, the chemical and physical properties of the resins, reinforcement fibers and fillers are delineated both as individual components and in the finished material. The composite materials in this chapter, for the most part, consist of fiber reinforced resins and are frequently called reinforced plastics (RP or FRP).