A study of the effect of thickness on the thermal degradation and flammability characteristics of some composite materials using a cone calorimeter

Talal Fateh, Charles Kahanji, Paul Joseph, Thomas Rogaume

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we report on our investigation regarding the influence of the thickness on the thermal and fire response characteristics of two types of composite materials. For this purpose, carbon fibre-reinforced epoxy and glass fibre-reinforced phenolic resin samples, differing in thicknesses, were chosen. The primary aim was to investigate the effect of using multiple layers on the thermal degradation and fire reaction properties of the composite material using a cone calorimeter. The results showed that the primary fire reaction parameters such as the time-to-ignition and peak heat release rates PHRR depended on the number of the layers. Furthermore, the amount smoke released during the thermal degradation was found to decrease as the number of layers was increased. In addition, the carbon dioxide emission levels were also observed to be dependent on the number of layers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)NA-NA
    JournalJournal of Fire Sciences
    Volume35
    Early online date9 Jun 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jun 2017

    Keywords

    • fibre-reinforced composites
    • epoxy resins
    • phenolic resins
    • cone calorimetric tests
    • fire reaction properties.

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