A strategy to improving the fire-performance of flax fibre/epoxy skin- and balsa wood-core sandwich composites without degrading their inherent mechanical properties

Kandare, E, Luangtriratana, P and Kandola, B 2012, 'A strategy to improving the fire-performance of flax fibre/epoxy skin- and balsa wood-core sandwich composites without degrading their inherent mechanical properties', in M. Jaafar, A. R. Azura, K. H. Leong and A. Y. L. Leong (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM8), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 6-8 November 2012, pp. 1-6.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title A strategy to improving the fire-performance of flax fibre/epoxy skin- and balsa wood-core sandwich composites without degrading their inherent mechanical properties
Author(s) Kandare, E
Luangtriratana, P
Kandola, B
Year 2012
Conference name Composites: Enabling Tomorrow's Industry Today
Conference location Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conference dates 6-8 November 2012
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 8th Asian-Australasian Conference on Composite Materials (ACCM8)
Editor(s) M. Jaafar, A. R. Azura, K. H. Leong and A. Y. L. Leong
Publisher Asian-Australasian Association for Composite Materials (AACM)
Place of publication Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Abstract Environmental sustainability in engineering is giving an impetus for the creation and development of new composite materials using bio-based resources. The use of natural fibre reinforcements in structural composites has attracted a lot of interest from researchers; however, these fibres aggravate an existing challenge with fibre/polymer composites when used in moderate to extreme thermal environments - they are flammable. This paper presents an innovative strategy to improving the fire performance of flax fibre-reinforced balsa wood-core sandwich composites without adversely altering their intrinsic mechanical properties. A thin glass fibre veil impregnated with fire retardant (ammonium polyphosphate) is bonded onto the sandwich composite surface intended for heat exposure. Cone calorimeter tests were conducted to assess the fire reaction properties of the composites with/without fire protection.
Subjects Composite and Hybrid Materials
Polymers and Plastics
Keyword(s) Sandwich composites
Flax fibres
Epoxy
Balsa
Fire retardancy
Char-forming
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