Fire Retardancy of Polymeric Materials, Second Edition

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  • Includes contributions from experts in the field
  • Updates all flame-resistant chemistries covered in the first edition
  • Presents chapters dedicated to applying flame retardant chemistry to particular classes of materials
  • Contains new chapters on char formation and nanocomposite technology
  • Provides additional emphasis on regulations, codes and standards, and fire safety engineering and modeling
  • Describes why and how materials are used, and their advantages over other materials


When dealing with challenges such as providing fire protection while considering cost, mechanical and thermal performance and simultaneously addressing increasing regulations that deal with composition of matter and life cycle issues, there are no quick, one-size-fits-all answers. Packed with comprehensive coverage, scientific approach, step-by-step directions, and a distillation of technical knowledge, the first edition of Fire Retardancy of Polymeric Materials broke new ground. It supplied a one-stop resource for the development of new fire safe materials.

The editors have expanded the second edition to echo the multidisciplinary approach inherent in current flame retardancy technology and put it in a revised, more user-friendly format. More than just an update of previously covered topics, this edition discusses:

  • additional fire retardant chemistry
  • developments in regulations and standards
  • new flame retardant approaches
  • fire safety engineering
  • modeling and fire growth phenomena

The book introduces flame retardants polymer-by-polymer, supplemented by a brief overview of mode of action and interaction, and all the other ancillary issues involved in this applied field of materials science. The book delineates what, why, and how to do it, covering the fundamentals of polymer burning/combustion and how to apply these systems and chemistries to specific materials classes. It also provides suggested formulations, discusses why certain materials are preferred for particular uses or applications, and offers a starting point from which to develop fire-safe materials.

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Polymeric Flame Retardancy, Its Role in Materials Science, and the Current State of the Field

Polymer Degradation and the Matching of FR Chemistry to Degradation

Physical Parameters Affecting Fire Growth

Halogen-Containing Flame Retardants

Phosphorus-Based Flame Retardants

Intumescence-Based Fire Retardants

Fire-Retardant Fillers

Recent Developments in Silicon-Based Flame Retardants

Boron-Based Flame Retardants and Flame Retardancy

Char Formation and Characterization

Polymer Nanocomposites

Multi-Components FR Systems: Polymer Nanocomposites Combined with Additional Materials

Design of Interlayers for Fire-Retarded Polymeric Systems

Fundamentals of Fire Testing and What Tests Measure

Uses of Fire Tests in Materials Flammability Development

High Throughput Techniques for Fire-Resistant Materials Development

Fire Toxicity and its Assessment

Modeling Thermal Degradation of Polymers by Population Balance Methods

Micro to Mesoscale Testing and Modeling for Nanocomposite Polymers in Fires

Full Scale Fire Modeling

Regulations, Codes, and Standards Relevant to Fire Issues in the United States

Changing Chemical Regulations and Demands

Flame-Retardant Design for Fiber Reinforced Materials

Flame Retardancy Design for Textiles

FR Design for Foam Materials

Material Design for Fire Safety in Wire and Cable Applications