Flammability properties of polymer nanostructured materials

J. H. Koo, Wan Ki Chow, H. Stretz, A. C.K. Cheng, A. Bray, J. Weispfenning

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Flammability properties of several polymer nanostructured materials were characterized. Phenolic-clay nanocomposite with carbon-reinforced composites and phenolic with carbon nanofiber composites were fabricated. Cone Calorimeter (ASTM E1354/ISO 5660) tests were conducted at heat flux of 75 kW/m 2 for these materials and were compared with Cytec Engineered Materials MX-4926 (baseline). Parameters that were used for evaluating materials included time to ignition, peak and average heat release rates, mass loss and mass loss rate, effective heat of combustion, and rate of smoke and toxic gas evolution. Several phenolic-clay nanocomposites showed good performance improvements in time to ignition, peak and average heat release rates over MX-4926.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)954-963
Number of pages10
JournalInternational SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition (Proceedings)
Volume48 I
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
EventAdvancing Materials in the Global Economy - Applications, Emerging Markets and Evolving Technologies - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: 11 May 200315 May 2003


  • Cone Calorimeter
  • Fire Safety
  • Flammability
  • Nanocomposites
  • Nanoparticles
  • Polymer Nanostructured Materials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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