The purpose of this paper is to initiate discussion on the viability of using a high-throughput approach, based on the combinatorial methodology that has been successfully employed in the pharmaceutical industry, to formulate and screen new flame retardants and more fire resistant materials. The basis of our concept is the development of a new processing capability that will enable variable composition samples to be extruded, analyzed, and burned on the same device. This extension of existing technology will permit researchers to screen hundreds of potentially effective fire retardant formulations in the same time it now takes to perform flammability tests on a single sample. The potential application of this approach to determine optimal levels of polymer, organically treated clay, flame retardant synergists, and other additives in polymer-clay nanocomposites is also considered.
Proceedings Title: Fire Retardant Chemicals Association
Conference Dates: March 12-15, 2000
Conference Location: Washington, DC
Conference Title: Fire Safety Developments Emerging Needs, Product Developments, Non-Halogen FR's, Standards and Regulations
Pub Type: Conferences
fire safety, halogens, fire retardants, flame retardants, standards, regulations, fire resistant materials, clay, plastics, additives, nanocomposites, FT-IR