Composites in Fire conference to examine new developments in fire resistance

Mark your calendars for the Fifth International Conference on Composites in Fire.

The Fifth International Conference on Composites in Fire is set to reveal important new developments in composites fire resistance. The two-day event will be held at the University of Newcastle on July 10-11, 2008.

The fire response of composites is a critical factor in virtually all engineering applications of these materials. The Composites In Fire conferences exist to transfer understanding, technology and research results from major programs in Europe, the U.S. and Australia.

Since CIF-4, which was held in 2005, substantial progress has taken place in testing and modeling the problem of the fire resistance of composite structures. It is the purpose of CIF-5 to report this progress and transfer the technologies and techniques developed to industry. State-of-the-art papers are to be presented from a number of important international research collaborations. These include the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR) and the EU MOMENTUM Marie Curie Research Training Network.

The Conference is backed by an International Advisory Committee of prominent figures in composite materials and fire research. Conference chairman Professor Geoff Gibson said "CIF-5 will host presentations by the foremost research groups from three continents. Fire resistance is still the most important issue affecting the use of composites; much has happened in the last three years which design engineers need to know about.”

For more information on the Conference, visit the website at, or contact the Conference organizer CompositeLink by email at, or by telephone on +44(0)191 284 7590.