The flammability of polymeric materials is a major concern which impacts public safety and limits their use in buildings, ships, aircraft and clothing. Unfortunately, the traditional "trail and error" approach to the design of fire resistant materials is not cost effective. This realization has provided an impetus for the research conducted in this laboratory which has focused on using molecular dynamics modeling to identify factors which alter the condensed phase thermal degradation chemistries of polymers in ways which effect a reduction in their flammability.
Citation: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5904
NIST Pub Series: NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR)
Pub Type: NIST Pubs
fire research, fire science, thermal degradation, fire resistant materials, flammability