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Flame Retardant Behavior Characterization in Practice

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Recorded on May 30, 2024

Characterize the behavior of Flame Retardants by understanding quantitative analysis (LOI, UL 94...) for traditional & alternative FRs and get an insight into new/emerging techniques.

Richard Hull will help you choose the right characterization method (Cone Calorimeter, TGA, Char & Residue Analysis...) for different flame retardant technologies. Experimental parameters (size of sample, T°C…) will be discussed for finer data interpretation.

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Richard Hull
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Methodology
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Often a lot of new Flame Retardants get rejected due to inappropriate screening as the characterization methods applied are fit for traditional halogenated flame retardants than novel alternatives (char formers, intumescent, free radical inhibitors…). Hence, there is a need for proper characterization methods to guide formulators with their selection & use.

And, with new flame retardants being discovered at a fast rate, the urgency for formulators and other parts of the value chain to be aware of their effect on polymer properties (flammability, thermal stability…) has augmented. Join this course and:

  1. Gain a better understanding of quantitative analysis methods (LOI, UL 94...) to determine the effect of flame retardants on material properties.

  2. Increase your success rate by understanding correlation between polymer material properties (thermal stability, mass loss...) & flame retardants behavior.

  3. Enhance your interpretation skills by knowing when & how to extract valuable information using thermal decomposition methods: TGA, DSC, DTA...

  4. Work more efficiently with newer alternative flame retardants (char formers, intumescent, free radical inhibitors…) by smartly adjusting your existing tools & processes.

  5. Learn about the emerging techniques including (microscale combustion calorimetry (MCC), physical property measurements, Pyrolysis-GCM...).

FR Behavior Characterization in Practice

Who should view this course?

  • Polymer producers, Compounders, Fire retardant material suppliers who want to better understand the tools used to quantify flame retardants behavior
  • Converters who want to better select incoming flame retardant materials suited for their end-use requirements

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Course Outline

The following sections will be covered during this session:

  1. Quantitative analysis of burning process
    • Standard flammability tests
    • UL 94; LOI
    • Small flame ignitability test (ISO 11925)
    • Cone calorimetry

  2. How to get more data from methods for studying thermal decomposition of polymers?
    • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA )
    • TGA coupled with analytical techniques such as FTIR
    • Pyrolysis-GCMS
    • Analysis of Condensed phase processes
    • Char & Residue Analysis

  3. Emerging techniques
    • Microscale combustion calorimetry (MCC)
    • Physical property measurements
    • Predictions of fire behavior using pyrolysis models

  4. Interpretation of Thermal Decomposition Data
    • Predictions based on chemical decomposition
    • Additives, synergistic & antagonistic relationships between different components in a mixture
    • Chemical analysis of chars and residues

  5. Conclusion & References

  6. 30 mins Q&A session– Ask your questions directly to our expert!

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Members Reviews

Excellent course, explained the different methods and alternative quantitative test to determine material properties.

Michael D. , from O'Sullivan Films

Excellent Course! I was looking for polymer material properties that can be measured fairly easily that can help us understand fire retardant behavior of filled polymer systems.

Stephanie M. , from Scranton Products

"It provided a good overview of various analytical techniques. Very good Q&A session."

Irena Amici K. , from Dow Europe

We learnt how to use some of our equipments in best possible ways.

Debbie L. , from Standridge Color Corp.

Learnt how to use TGA, DTA etc. to understand the flammability properties of polymers

Hong X. , from Cardolite Corporation

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