Flammability Studies of Polymer Layered Silicate (Clay) Nanocomposites.
Flammability Studies of Polymer Layered Silicate (Clay)
Gilman, J. W.; Kashiwagi, T.; Nyden, M. R.; Brown, J.
E.; Jackson, C. L.; Lomakin, S. M.; Giannelis, E. P.;
NISTIR 6242; October 1998.
National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual
Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts.
November 2-5, 1998, Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A.,
Editor(s), 37-38 pp, 1998.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB99-102519
fire research; fire science; fire suppression;
nanocomposites; flammability; clay; costs; fire
In the pursuit of improved approaches to fire retarding
polymers a wide variety of concerns must be addressed,
in addition to the flammability issues. First, the low
cost of commodity polymers requires that the fire
retardant (FR) approach also be of low cost. This
limits one primarily to additive type approaches.
Second, these additives must be easily processed with
the polymer. Finally, any additive must not excessively
degrade the other performance properties of the polymer,
and must not create environmental problemsin terms of
recycling or disposal of the end product. Polymer
layered silicate (PLS) nanocomposites are materials that
may partially fulfill the above requirements for high
performance flame retardant products.