Composites UK launches fire performance practical guide

The guide, produced with support from the National Composites Centre, addresses key issues related to fire performance for reinforced composites.


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Source | Composites UK


Composites UK (Berkhamsted, U.K.), supported by the National Composites Centre (NCC, Bristol, U.K.), has launched a practical guide on the topic of fire performance for fiber-reinforced polymer composites (FRPs).

With funding from the NCC, the guide was written by Stella Job, Composite UK’s supply chain and environment manager, Tom Royle of Wizz Consultancy and Nigel Keen of Creative Composite Connections.

The fire performance of a composite component or structure is complex, and accordingly, the knowledge base is constantly growing as new products arrive in the marketplace in response to growing demand. This document is meant to address a need to improve the understanding of how the fire performance of FRP components is specified by the engineer and buyer, and achieved by the manufacturer.

The 61-page document covers:

  • the key characteristics which define the fire performance of a composites,
  • materials and combinations thereof,
  • methods of improving properties,
  • standards and regulations for sectors,
  • testing, and
  • future trends.

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The “Fire Performance of Composites Good Practice Guide” is publicly available to download from the Composites UK website.