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A study of the effect of thickness on the thermal degradation and flammability characteristics of some composite materials using a cone calorimeter

Fateh, Talal, Kahanji, Charles, Joseph, Paul and Rogaume, Thomas (2017) A study of the effect of thickness on the thermal degradation and flammability characteristics of some composite materials using a cone calorimeter. Journal of Fire Sciences, 35 . NA-NA. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/0734904117713690

Abstract

In this paper, we report on our investigation regarding the influence of the thickness on the thermal and fire response characteristics of two types of composite materials. For this purpose, carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy and glass fibre-reinforced phenolic resin samples, differing in thicknesses, were chosen. The primary aim was to investigate the effect of using multiple layers on the thermal degradation and fire reaction properties of the composite material using a cone calorimeter. The results showed that the primary fire reaction parameters such as the time-to-ignition and peak heat release rates PHRR depended on the number of the layers. Furthermore, the amount smoke released during the thermal degradation was found to decrease as the number of layers was increased. In addition, the carbon dioxide emission levels were also observed to be dependent on the number of layers.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:fibre-reinforced composites; epoxy resins; phenolic resins; cone calorimetric tests; fire reaction properties.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Fire Safety and Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
ID Code:37923
Deposited By: Dr Talal Fateh
Deposited On:23 May 2017 08:51
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:29

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