Novel routes in flame retardancy of bisphenol A polycarbonate/impact modifier/aryl phosphate blends

A work Performed  by BAM:

The massive use of electronic engineering products accompanied by high demands on fire safety has led to increasing interest in environmentally friendly flame retardancy of bisphenol A polycarbonate (PC) based materials.

In this work, novel routes for enhancing the flame retardancy of PC/Impact Modifier/Aryl phosphate were studied with respect to pyrolysis (TG, TG-FTIR, ATR-FTIR, NMR), flammability (LOI and UL 94) and fire behavior (cone calorimeter at different irradiations).

To improve charring of PC/ABSPTFE+Aryl phosphate, the exchange of bisphenol A bis(diphenyl phosphate) (BDP) with novel aryl phosphates was proposed.

Two novel flame retardants were synthesized: 3,3,5-trimethylcyclohexylbisphenol-bis(diphenyl phosphate) (TMC-BDP) and bisphenol A-bis(diethylphosphate) (BEP). TMC-BDP was more stable than BDP, thus gave a potential to increase the chemical reactions between the components of the PC/ABSPTFE+Aryl phosphate, whereas more reactive BEP was expected to increase the cross linking activity with the polymer matrix. Nevertheless, the corresponding blends did not enhance the flame retardancy compared to PC/ABSPTFE+BDP. BEP in PC/ABSPTFE preferred to cross-link with itself instead of with PC, thus it showed poor fire protection performance. TMC-BDP gave as good results as BDP in PC/ABSPTFE material. The results delivered evidence that BDP possesses a high degree of optimization in PC/ABSPTFE system…Read more: click here (pdf format)

Source: BAM

New fire prevention standards in Europe

New fire prevention standards in Europe – significance with regard to sandwich elements (

In the context of European harmonisation it has become a requirement for standards to be unified. For many materials – steel, galvanised and pre-lacquered sheets to name but a few – this has already been done. A more difficult matter, on the other hand, would be a uniform system for building products. The national perceptions and regulations are too varied here to be able to find a quick solution.

In the realm of fire prevention, certain basic European standards have already been established and these have appeared in German speaking areas as a white paper or will appear as such soon. Below we will give a brief picture of their interpretation in terms of sandwich elements with metal cover coatings and polyurethane insulating cores. It is important to state that this concerns the status of the matter as of July 2002. Changes or the introduction of further newer standards or guidelines can take place very rapidly and have a further influence upon the information below:

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