Flame Retardant Use in Polymers

Below are excerpts and links to leading research on additive and reactive flame retardant use in polymers.

When do the Fire Safety Benefits Outweigh the Toxicity Risks?

Polymer Green Flame Retardants, published by Elsevier, 2014

Polymer Green Flame Retardants, Edited by Constantine Papaspyrides, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zographou, Greece, and Pantelis Kiliaris, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Zographou, Greece.

Contributors include leading scientists and international industry and academic experts.

The book is relevant to chemical, mechanical, environmental, material and process engineers, graduate students, and researchers developing commercially attractive and environmentally friendly fire-proof products.

The research covers key issues regarding the response of polymers during fire, the mechanisms of their flame retardation, the regulations imposed on their use, and the health hazards arising from their combustion.

Chapter 3, Flame Retardant Additives in Polymers: When do the Fire Safety Benefits Outweigh the Toxicity Risks?, written by field experts Vytenis Babrauskas, Rebecca Fuoco, and Arlene Blum, considers both the potential benefit and harm of FR chemicals across their life cycle.

To learn more, you can purchase and download individual chapters at ScienceDirect.com

The book also offers guidance on moving to alternative strategies, including the use of reactive flame retardants, that maintain fire safety without creating toxicity problems.