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Cone Calorimeter: Quantifying Easily Flammability & Heat Release Rate

On-Demand Course

Recorded on Sep 20, 2023

Pre-select more efficiently flame retardants that can enable you to pass regulatory tests with an improved use of cone calorimeter to assess flammability performance.

Parameters affecting cone calorimeter results & interpretation of heat release curves will be discussed using real-life cases. It will lead to a reliable evaluation of material behavior under various heating conditions.

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T Richard Hull Presented By:
T Richard Hull

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Intermediate

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Why should you view this course?

New generation of halogen-free flame retardants are more sensitive to the host polymer and formulation than their traditional counterparts. Flammability in these cases cannot be represented by a single parameter.

Tools such as the cone calorimeter provide a valuable insight into the burning behavior to prepare polymer materials for the large variety of industry specific tests.

But, as you know, the cone calorimeter curves can be really tricky to interpret! So, why take the risk to waste your time and efforts? Join this course and:

  1. Increase confidence in your interpretations & know when and how to adjust heat release curve reading (incomplete combustion, water soluble gases...)

  2. Get valuable clues to optimize burning behavior of your materials thanks to flammability parameters (TTI, HRR, pHRR, ttpHRR, THR, EHC...)

  3. Reduce development time by short-listing best candidates for large-scale fire tests with reliable ranking criteria

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Cone Calorimeter: Quantifying Easily Flammability & Heat Release Rate

Who should view this course?

  • Formulators of fire retardant materials who want to develop better materials
  • Suppliers of fire retardants who want to better advise customers
  • Users and specifiers of fire retardant materials who want to select materials which will help their products pass regulatory tests

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    Course Outline

    The following sections will be covered during this session:

    1. Understand the concept of FR Testing
      • Flammability, ignitability, heat release and flame spread
      • Simple test methods – Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) and UL-94
      • Comparison between LOI & UL-94

    2. Learn Core Fundamentals of The Cone Calorimeter
      • Heat of Combustion and depletion calorimetry
      • How to set up an experiment using Cone Calorimeter?
      • Basic & derived flammability parameters from cone calorimetry (TTI, HRR, pHRR, THR, EHC, FIGRA, SMOGRA etc)
      • Uses of cone calorimeter data

    3. Interpret the shape of the heat release curves

    4. Effect of different parameters on the shape of predicted HRR curves
      • Can we isolate the effects of additives?
      • Corrections for incomplete combustion

    5. Behavior of different materials and fire retardants using real life case studies
      • LSZH cable compound
      • PEEK
      • Intumescent polyethylene
      • PAN and FR copolymers
      • Flexible PU foam with melamine

    6. Limitations and problems of cone calorimetry

    7. 30 Mins Q&A- Ask your questions directly from the expert !

    Have a query ? Email us for any help !

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    Members Reviews

    Very good overview of cone calorimetry, its advantages and disadvantages.

    Simon Bonyhady , from JM Huber

    Very good Content! Clear explanation and insight.

    Michael Coll , from Camira Fabrics Ltd

    Extraordinary expertise of speaker Prof. Hull. I learned about the correlations of fire spread, flamability and ignitability with Cone Calorimeter and about the different parameters that can be assesed.

    Holger H. , from BASF Schweiz AG

    EXCELLENT! The course helped me understand more about using Cone Calorimetry as a predictive tool in passing the NFPA 286 (Corner Burn Test).

    Howard B. , from Dynamic Modifiers, LLC

    In the past, I was just running tests without understanding why results might be as they were. Now I understand heat release curve variations. Thanks!

    Les F. , from Henkel Corporation

    It was very clear! I now know the key points to evaluate when you have cone calorimeter results, curves...

    Beatriz O. , from Polyone

    VERY GOOD ! Good introduction to cone calorimetry and how it can help with fire retardancy in polymer formulations.

    James D. , from Zodiac Aerospace

    Excellent Course! Richard explained some relationships between heat transfer and ignitability that I had not thought of before.

    Robert Y. , from Eastman Chemical Company

    I wanted to understand how the cone calorimeter test relates to real materials, and this course has been a good grounding.

    Daniel G. , from Altro

    It was very helpful in aiding our formulations and help us correlate between basic fire tests. Good correlation between LOI's and Time to ignition.

    Kali S. , from ICL-IP America Inc.

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