The National Composites Centre (NCC) and Composites UK will be holding an event on the topic of Fire Performance of FRP Composites and are now calling for abstracts. Applicants are invited to submit an abstract by the mid of December.
Subjects may include (not limited to):
– Recent developments in materials (resin, additives, fillers and coatings) to improve fire performance of FRP composites.
– Case studies of applications of composites where fire performance is a major factor.
– Developments of standards, codes and regulations related to fire performance.
– OEM presentations outlining potential markets where fire performance has previously limited the application of composites
– Reviews of particular topic areas within this theme.
The organizers have reported that the performance of composite materials in fire is a key enabler/barrier to potential growth markets such as construction, rail, marine, aerospace and oil and gas. “With the appropriate choice of resin, additives, fillers and coatings, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites can be used to make structures with clear fire performance benefits over many other materials, in addition to other benefits such as weight reduction or corrosion resistance.”
They further reported, “FRP composites are also good thermal insulators, so they can significantly limit the heat of a fire spreading in the way that can occur with metals. This event will seek to share up-to-date information on material developments and applications where fire performance is an issue, as well as addressing potential markets and related standards and regulations.”