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Halogen-free Flame Retardants: Optimal Selection for Better Performance

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Mar 6, 2024

Get a grip over your flame-retardant selection strategies by learning about halogen-free alternatives (phosphorus, silicates...) their chemistries & problems with currently available commercial technologies.

T Richard Hull will help you understand the impact of FR (loading %, toxicity level...) on different polymers and the environment. He will also lay focus on polymer decomposition & FR activity, gas phase flame retardants, cone calorimetry, intumescence and more.
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Richard Hull Presented By:
Richard Hull
Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

Due to increasing environmental consciousness & the pressure to improve product performance, there is a force driving the development of innovative halogen-free flame retardants (> 500 new additives / year).

However, delivering high performing halogen-free flame retardants that meet all the requirements (ecological & performance-wise) is a toughie. Make sure you are equipped with the right FR selection strategies. Join this course and:

  1. Assess whether your choice of flame retardants is still relevant by reviewing FR technologies, their pros & cons in term of cost, plastic property & flammability

  2. Tailor more easily your plastic performance by better understanding the impact of FR (loading %, toxicity level... ) on different polymers and environment

  3. Adapt faster to market & regulatory pressure (low smoke, low acidity, recycling...) by getting an unbiased expert insight on commercial solutions available today
Halogen-free Flame Retardants: Optimal Selection for better Performance

Who should view this course?

  • Particularly suited for Fire Retardant Suppliers & Plastic Formulators seeking solutions to reach higher performance levels

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Course Outline

  1. Flame retardants in action
    • Drivers in flame retardants development
    • Additive vs reactive FRs
    • Polymer decomposition chemistries & FR activity

  2. Gas phase flame retardants
    • Halogen FR action & common brominated FRs
    • Requirements of Gas Phase flame retardants
    • Phosphorus, Nitrogen and sulphur as gas phase FRs

  3. Cone calorimetry

  4. Flame retardant mechanisms
    • Charring/non-charring polymers
    • Additives to stabilize char

  5. Intumescence
    • Inorganic phosphates
    • Range of components for intumescents

  6. Nanofillers & polymer nanocomposites
    • Case study – intumescent PLA with nanoclay
    • Layer-by-layer assembly

  7. Phosphorus-based chemistries
    • Modes of FR action
    • Case study – phosphorus comonomers in epoxy resins

  8. Other chemistries including silicates and boron
+30 Mins Q&A session - ask your questions directly to the expert!

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Members Reviews

Very informative without getting lost in the details. Good mix of general and specific information about halogen-free flame retardants.

Andrew S. , from Honda R & D

Great introduction to FR mechanisms and uses. I learnt usage of tools to evaluate application of FR chemicals in polymers.

Bill G. , from W L Gore & Assoc

An Excellent Course! Gave a good overall instruction of gas phase and condensed phase reactions.

Don N. , from Polyonics

Very interesting overview of the opportunities in use flame retardant additives with detailed examples on specific products, for example adhesives.

Giacomo D. , from Durante & Vivan

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