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FR Behavior Characterization in Practice

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Tuesday May 30, 2017

Characterize efficiently the effect of flame retardants on plastics’ properties (flammability, thermal stability…), especially if you are using alternative FRs (intumescents, char formers...).

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

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T Richard Hull Presented By:
T Richard Hull

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

Next Session: May 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

Alternative FR solutions often get rejected through inappropriate screening as the characterization methods used today fit better traditional halogenated FRs than novel alternatives (intumescents, char formers...). It is potentially as many opportunities lost to extend your lead further... Join this course and:


  1. Adjust smartly your existing tools & processes to work more efficiently with new alternative flame retardants (char formers, intumescents, free radical inhibitors…)

  2. Increase your interpretation skills by knowing when & how to extract valuable information from TGA, Pyrolysis-GCM, microscale combustion calorimeter…

  3. Increase scale-up success rate by understanding correlation betw. polymer material properties (thermal stability, mass loss...) & FR behavior
FR Behavior Characterization in Practice

Who should attend?

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

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. Methods for studying the 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. Conclusion & References

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Members Reviews

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

Hong X. , from Cardolite Corporation

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

Debbie L. , from Standridge Color Corp.

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

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