Sixth International Conference on Composites In Fire

9 – 10 June 2011, Newcastle University,  UK

The Composites in Fire conferences exist to transfer understanding, technology and research results from major programmes from three continents, Europe, USA and Australia, to industry.

Since CIF-5, which was held in 2008, substantial progress has taken place in testing and modelling the problem of the fire resistance of composite structures. There have also been important changes in the methods used to achieve low heat release and improved fire resistance. Important research has also taken place to fairly compare the fire behaviour of composites with other lightweight construction materials, including aluminium. It is the purpose of CIF-6 to report this progress and transfer the technologies and techniques developed to industry. The programme will include ‘Fire Resistance and Fire Reaction in Composites: New Developments’; ‘Technology Transfer: Marine and Aerospace’; ‘Multi-Scale Modelling of Materials and Structures in Fire’; ‘Materials Selection and Materials Comparisons’. Read more : click here

Alternative Flame Retardants

European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry Panel (EBFRIP): For some applications it is possible to substitute existing flame retardants with alternatives. However, EBFRIP supports the objectives of the REACH legislation, in which substitution should be considered only when a substance is subject to restrictions, and when an alternative is available which has also been subject to registration and evaluation, and found to present a more favourable risk profile.

For Deca-BDE, alternatives exist for virtually all applications. However, as Deca-BDE has not been shown to present significant risks to human health or the environment, its replacement by other flame retardants whose potential impacts on human health and the environment are far less understood is not warranted.

For TBBPA, no risks have been identified for reactive use (in printed circuit boards), and to date there is no readily available alternative flame retardant.

For HBCD, currently there are no technically and commercially feasible alternatives for EPS and XPS applications, demonstrated to have more favourable risk profiles, despite intensive research.

HBCD is now officially subject to the Authorization procedure under REACH

On 18 February, the amended Annex XIV of substances for Authorization under REACH was published in the Official Journal and will enter into force on 21st February. Consequently, HBCD – which is included in the Annex – is now officially subject to the Authorization1 procedure under REACH, along with five other substances.  Read more (ICL)

FireBlock fire resistant resins

FireBlock fire resistant resins and gelcoats gained Total Group company Cray Valley an innovation award in the material category at the recent 2011 JEC Composites show in Paris.
FireBlock is labelled a Total Ecosolutions product, due to the reduced energy consumption and reduced greenhouse gas emissions in its production and use, as compared to standard fire retardant composites used in railway rolling stock. The Total Ecosolutions programme is aimed at developing products and services to help both businesses and consumers reduce their energy use and their environmental footprint. Introduced in 2009, the programme today encompasses 16 different products and services and a further 16 other products and services are reaching the final stage before labelling. According to the company’s estimates, based on a comparison with reference products and services available in the European market and offering an equivalent outcome for the customer in March 2011, the use of all the products and services in the Total Ecosolutions lineup as replacements for conventional products, would avoid the emission of nearly 558,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent per year – the amount emitted by 55,800 European Union residents in one year. (Source: Click here)

New Solutions from PolyOne: OnFlex™ Flame-retardant

PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, will feature new innovations during Chinaplas 2011. Held annually, Chinaplas is Asia’s largest plastics industry trade show.

  • OnFlex™ Flame-retardant, Non-phthalate Thermoplastic Elastomers help processors and manufacturers meet sustainability goals and maximize consumer appeal. Developed in response to consumer demand for more eco-conscious alternatives for wire and cable jacketing, insulation and connectors, these formulations provide exceptional visual and tactile aesthetics in a non-plasticized solution.

Chinaplas 2011 will be held in Guangzhou, China from May 17 to 21. More than 80,000 visitors from 35 countries are expected to participate. PolyOne will exhibit in hall 11.2, booth J41. (Source: Click here)

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