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Composite Flame Retardant and Smoke Suppressing Surfacing Mat John Rowen Fire Smoke Toxicity SAMPE 2003 Session 7E Avtec Industries 9 Kane Industrial Drive.

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1 Composite Flame Retardant and Smoke Suppressing Surfacing Mat John Rowen Fire Smoke Toxicity SAMPE 2003 Session 7E Avtec Industries 9 Kane Industrial Drive Hudson, MA 01749

2 Introduction This presentation will highlight the development and results of Avtec’s fire retardant and smoke suppressing surfacing mat which is based on its core technology TSWB™ over a period of two years.

3 Thermashield™ Avtec’s Thermashield™ Fire Retardant Coating is a tough, solvent based intumescent/ceramic coating. This coating composition is approximately 50% of Avtec’s TSWB™ Polymeric Fire Retardant Additive and 50% binders and fillers. TSWB™ is a non-brominated, dry powder composition.

4 TSWB™ FRP/composite materials can benefit from TSWB™ with regard to fire, smoke and toxicity issues due to its chemical reaction mechanisms upon exposure to open flame or high radiant heat. ASTM test results demonstrate the effectiveness of the additive as follows:

5 ASTM E-162 The results from this test were obtained from cored vinyl ester glass reinforced laminate specimens cured in a press and coated with a 63 mil thick layer. This test, the Standard Method of Test for Surface Flammability of Materials Using a Radiant Heat Energy Source, is to determine the relative surface flammability performance of various materials under specific test conditions when using a radiant heat source. The results are recorded as a Flame Spread Index.

6 ASTM E-162 The Flame Spread Index (Is) is calculated by multiplying the Flame Spread Factor (Fs), the speed at which the flame front burns down the specimen, times the Evolution of Heat Factor (Q), determined by the maximum temperature developed in the stack above the burning sample as a result of the burning characteristics of the material under test. NFPA – No. 101 classifies: –Class A (I) Flame spread 0 to 25 –Class B (II) Flame spread 26 to 75 –Class C (III) Flame spread 76 to 100 As indicated here, the test results show the laminate panel attained a Class A (I) Flame spread. AVG FLAMESPREAD FACTOR (FS) =1.26 AVERAGE HEAT OF EVOLUTION (Q) =8.40 AVERAGE FLAME SPREAD INDEX (Is) =10.61 FLAMESPREAD INDEX RANGE (Is) =8.28TO12.91

7 ASTM E-662 This test, The Standard Test Method for Specific Optical Density of Smoke Generated by a Solid Material, is to determine the quantity of smoke generated by solid materials and assemblies in thicknesses up to and including one inch. The test is based on the attenuation (i.e.: change in the concentration) of a light beam by smoke accumulating within a closed chamber. Results are expressed in terms of specific optical density, which is derived from measuring optical density as absorbance within the chamber. The photometric scale used to measure smoke by this method is similar to the optical density scale for human vision.

8 ASTM E-662 The test specimens were composite 5/8” thick balsa wood cored vinyl ester laminates fabricated by the SCRIMP® process with 1/16” TSWB™ surface coating on one side. The test method protocol specifies an electrically heated radiant heat source for the non-flaming exposure of the test, and a row of air-propane flamelets to constitute the flaming combustion exposure. The test data and results are illustrated below: Non-FlamingFlaming Ds 1.5 Min. (average)0.63.9 Ds 4.0 Min. (average)0.430.1 Ds (corr) (20.0 Min.) (average)4.7178.3

9 BSS 7239 Toxic Gas Analysis The following gas analysis was made after 4 minutes of exposure to 2.5 kw/cm² and in the flaming mode. Colorimetric Gas Detection Tubes were used in the toxic gas analysis. The results are as follows: CO 270 200 235 49.497 HCN 5 5 5 0 SO2 0 0 0 0 HCL 1 1 1 0 HF 0 0 0 0 NO 40 20 30 14.42 Gas Corrected PPM 1 Corrected PPM 2 Average PPM Std.Deviation PPM NO24231.414 Ambient Temperature 47ºF, Relative Humidity 0.65, Bar. Pressure 29.91 in. Hg 1 Specimen wgt. 49.7g, 2 Specimen wgt. 52.6g

10 Bromine Content This test was performed by Dr. David K. Ryan on Apr, 6, 2001 at the Dept. of Chemistry of UMASS/Lowell. TSWB™ was analyzed with a Second Ion Mass Spectrometer. Careful counting of the bromine ions resulted in a measured total trace background bromine content of 25.0 ppm by weight(µg/g).

11 Pultrusion Pultrusion Building Materials are gaining greater acceptance and use in the construction industry. It was envisioned an inter-laminate surface coating of the TSWB™ composition could assist engineers and fabricators in their efforts to meet regulatory life safety code requirements such as ASTM E-84 Class A(1). It was theorized TSWB™ could simply be integrated and affixed to a pultrudable, non-combustible glass surfacing fabric. A glass rich side could be pulled against the die in a standard fashion, while a TSWB™ rich side would be forced out and through the fabric ensuring complete wet- out.

12 Generation 1 This prototype was a non- woven, mil-spec fabric with TSWB™ held in place with a solvent based adhesive which contributed little in the way of fuel load and smoke contribution. FRP sheets were fabricated informally by hand using commodity materials.

13 Generation 1 Upon exposure to a torch flame, the laminate demonstrated excellent fire retarding and smoke suppressing characteristics. This image is a photograph of an example laminate upon exposure to a propane torch

14 Generation 2 This improved version employed a 20mil glass Pultrusion mat produced by Hollinee, TSWB™ and the solvent based spray adhesive as the binder. This combination provided an improved construction and enabled Avtec to manufacture better hand fabricated panels, as well as, long tapes that could be easily pultruded. The following images are of flat pultruded bar 2” x.25” before and during a fire load.

15 Generation 2

16 Generation 3 Due to VOC and HAP issues and regulations, the solvent sprayed adhesive binder was replaced by a solid hot melt adhesive system which could be pre-blended with the TSWB™ prior to application to the surfacing mat. The blend was metered onto the fabric, heated, cooled and wound into rolls. Modifications were made as investigation and refinement in both binder technology and processing equipment became available.

17 Generation 4 The uniformity of the fire retardant mat, although still in development due to small voids and excessive graininess, was acceptable enough for full scale fabrication and testing to determine the criteria and specification requirements for a commercially available product. The product was first pultruded in a 36” x.25” flat sheet comprised of brominated polyester resin.

18 Generation 4 The results of an E-84 test on the laminate with the FR mat were compared with the identical laminate with a polyester surfacing veil. The results were as follows: PropertyFire Retardant MatPolyester Veil Unrounded Flame Spread Index 19.223.4 Unrounded Smoke Developed Index 751.3984.0 Glass Reinforced / Iso-polyester / Bromine & Antimony Laminate

19 Generation 4 The E-84 test results, although illustrating the positive effectiveness of the concept, indicated a thinner, denser construction was needed with better uniformity. The TSWB™ needed to be applied as a liquid, mimicking Thermashield™.

20 Generation 5 The ongoing binder investigation led to a non- toxic, water based adhesive polymer which allowed the fabric to be produced such that it could be easily incorporated into a laminate and provide the uniform coverage of a paint. Over several months, a series of panels were fabricated by vacuum bagging and tested by Cone Calorimeter to investigate the effectiveness of the FR fabric with regard to peak heat, smoke generation, ect.

21 Cone Calorimeter Results 1 Sample /Test # Placard initial mass(g) Mass Correlated Conversion factor Correlated Total Smoke Release Correlated Average Smoke Production (g/m²/s) Duration of Test Peak Heat (kW/m²) Release Time(s) to ignition Standard Generation 4 Veil 85.51.0023.98.03469122541 Sample 1 glass up FR glass mat out 80.71.0621.20.018119891 25 & 430* Sample 2 TSWB out FR glass mat down 81.61.0419.88.020105812346 Sample 3 Double coat FR mat sandwich construction 82.21.0616.16.012134911056 Pultruded Bromine Panel Polyester veil 40.62.0453.31.14446518546

22 Generation 5 Additional panels were fabricated by vacuum bagging, and, flat sheet was pultruded employing the FR mat. These specimens were Cone tested to verify and average the results of the “Glass Out / TSWB™ In” orientation.

23 Cone Calorimeter Results 2 Sample /Test # Placard initial mass(g) Mass Correlated Conversion factor Correlated Total Smoke Release Correlated Average Smoke Production (g/m²/s) Duration of Test (s) Peak Heat (kW/m²) Release Time (s) to ignition Standard Pultruded Br Veil, Polyester 40.61.0026.13.07146518546 Sample 1 Vacuum Bag FR mat Wt.: 36.2 g/ft² 80.70.5010.00.009119891 25 & 430* Sample 2 Vacuum Bag FR Mat Wt.: 33.0 g/ft² 81.80.5013.09.012953140 29 & 271* Sample 3 Vacuum Bag FR Mat Wt.: 33.0 g/ft² 81.90.5011.40.013859172 55 & 126* Sample 4 Pultruded FR Mat Wt.: 33.0 g/ft² 93.60.437.67.007967160 50 & 181*

24 Generation 5 Visually, a dramatic difference can be seen between a pultruded brominated placard and a pultruded placard containing TSWB™ after exposure to heat. With a brominated fire retardant package, all that remains is the reinforcement. With TSWB™ as the fire retardant package, a cementitious structure with very good basket strength remains, mechanically bonded to the reinforcements.

25 Cone Calorimeter Placards Before After Bromine PlacardTSWB™ Placard

26 Generation 5 Four sections of the pultruded flat sheets were sent to Southwest Research Institute for ASTM E-84 test evaluation. Class(1) Flame Spread Index (FSI) and Class A Smoke Development Index(SDI) were achieved. The results are as follows:

27 ASTM E-84 Results Unrounded Flame Spread Index Unrounded Smoke Development Index Pultruded Laminate with FR Mat 23.3351.4

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