Advances in Fire Retardant Materials

Edited by

  • A. Richard Horrocks, University of Bolton, UK
  • D. Price

This important book provides a comprehensive account of the advances that have occurred in fire science in relation to a broad range of materials. The manufacture of fire retardant materials is an active area of research, the understanding of which can improve safety as well as the marketability of a product.

The first part of the book reviews the advances that have occurred in improving the fire retardancy of specific materials, ranging from developments in phosphorus and halogen-free flame retardants to the use of nanocomposites as novel flame retardant systems. Key environmental issues are also addressed. The second group of chapters examines fire testing issues and regulations. A final group of chapters addresses the application of fire retardant materials in such areas as composites, automotive materials, military fabrics and aviation materials.

With its distinguished editors and array of international contributors, this book is an essential reference for producers, manufacturers, retailers and all those wishing to improve fire retardancy in materials. It is also suitable for researchers in industry or academia.
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Producers, manufacturers, retailers and all those wishing to improve fire retardancy in materials; Researchers in industry or academia


Book information

  • Published: September 2008
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • ISBN: 978-1-84569-262-9


…provides a wealth of information, written with a concise and critical approach by an internationally acknowledged expert in the field., International Dyer
…an indispensable book for producers, manufacturers, retailers, industrial research workers in academia., International Dyer
This is a masterly contribution to the literature and it is highly recommended to all who deal with flammability and retardancy., International Dyer

Table of Contents

Part 1 Advances in fire retardant materials: Flame retardancy of textiles: New approaches; Developments in phosphorus flame retardants; Halogen-free flame retardants; Nanocomposites I: Current developments in nanocomposites as novel flame retardants; Nanocomposites II: Potential applications of nanocomposite-based flame retardant systems; Flame retardant/resistant textile coatings and laminates; Environmentally-friendly flame resistant textiles; Recycling and disposal of flame retardant materials. Part 2 Testing, regulation and assessing the benefits of fire retardant materials: Challenges in fire testing: A tester’s viewpoint; Challenges in fire testing: Reaction to fire tests and assessment of fire toxicity; New and potential flammability regulations; Life cycle assessment of consumer products with a focus on fire performance. Part 3 Applications of fire retardant materials: The risks and benefits of flame retardants in consumer products; Composites having improved fire resistance; Improving the fire safety of road vehicles; Firefighters’ protective clothing; Fire protection in military fabrics; Flame retardant materials for maritime and naval applications; Materials with reduced flammability in aerospace and aviation.