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Withstanding fire without the weight, by Composites World

Extract from Withstanding fire without the weight, Ginger Gardiner, 1 February, 2019, Composites World.

"The list of mechanical functions that composite materials are expected to provide is well known and long: Strength, stiffness, toughness, durability, weatherability, corrosion resistance, impact resistance, fire resistance.

"This last requirement is one that composites have been addressing for many years. However, the industry is seeing an uptick in demand for fire performance...

"Fire-resistant materials must also provide sufficient time and protection for occupants to escape in case of fire.

"In the most stringent applications, this means not only preventing the spread of flames, the release of heat, the transmission of temperature and the formation of toxic smoke, but also maintaining load-carrying capability in the composite material for as long as 60 minutes..."

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