Prevention of Surface Fire Growth on Structural Composites.
Prevention of Surface Fire Growth on Structural
Ohlemiller, T. J.; Shields, J. R.
NISTIR 5904; October 1996.
National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual
Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts.
October 28-31, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, 137-138 pp, 1996.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-153514
fire research; fire science; composite materials; fire
growth; structures; coatings
Fiber-reinforced polymer composites are very attractive
materials for a variety of infrastructure uses. For
example, they are capable of replacing concrete and
steel in such applications as bridge decks or even
entire bridge structures and they are expected to offer
significant life-cycle cost advantages in applications
of this type. However, such large volume applications
call for commodity polymer resins like polyester or
vinyl ester whose flammability can be a substantial
concern. The traditional way in which to deal with this
flammability issue has been to incorporate bromine-based
flame retardants into the resin. Another alternative is
the use of phenolic resins; these strongly-charring
polymers are inherently less flammable than the ester