Fire Tests for Composites

Mouritz, A and Gibson, A 2006, 'Fire Tests for Composites' in A. Mouritz, A Gibson (ed.) Fire Properties of Polymer Composite Materials, Springer, The Netherlands, pp. 325-358.

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Title Fire Tests for Composites
Author(s) Mouritz, A
Gibson, A
Year 2006
Title of book Fire Properties of Polymer Composite Materials
Publisher Springer
Place of publication The Netherlands
Editor(s) A. Mouritz, A Gibson
Start page 325
End page 358
Subjects Aerospace Materials
Summary The test methods most often used to measure the fire reaction and fire resistive properties of composites are outlined in this chapter. The majority of tests and standards described in this chapter are not specific to a certain class of material; although we seek here to examine them from the viewpoint of engineers interested in the use of composites. Determination of the fire reaction properties is important because of their strong influence on the early stages in the growth of fire. The reaction properties of composites that can affect the start-up and growth of fire include the time-to-ignition, oxygen index, peak and average heat release rates, and surface spread of flame. There are other reaction properties that may not influence the growth of fire but are critical to human survival, most notably smoke density and smoke toxicity. The test methods commonly used to measure these fire reaction properties are described.
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Keyword(s) properties
DOI - identifier 10.1007/978-1-4020-5356-6_11
ISBN 140205355X
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