Fire Retardant Materials: Safety vs Sustainability
06 October 2011, Britannia Hotel, Bolton
Fire performance is key to many composites end uses, especially in the transport and construction sectors. Proscriptive legislation and design codes requiring non-combustible materials are changing, opening even more opportunities for lightweighting using composites with the right fire performance. Composite asset protection systems specifically designed to protect metal structures are increasingly important, showing the versatility of composites. Some of the most useful additives are under legislative pressure on environmental and health grounds, but there is currently new EU funding available to develop new solutions.
This event will look at current issues for fire retardant materials, including the role of nanotechnology, life cycle analyses, the strengths and weaknesses of halogenated fire retardant materials and practical advice on regulatory requirements. The afternoon session will discuss recent research into novel material solutions, particularly those relevant to composite materials, including alternative additives, coatings and novel resin systems.
The European FP7 NMP funding competition will be explained, as it includes a call for further research into Halogen-free flame retardant materials. There will be plenty of time for networking and the potential for building collaborations for that call.
This event is organised by the Materials KTN in conjunction with the University of Bolton and the Knowledge Centre for Materials Chemistry (KCMC).
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