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Flammability Properties of Honeycomb Composites and Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins



Marc R. Nyden, James E. Brown, S M. Lomakin


The flammability properties of honeycomb composites, which are used in the interior cabin compartments of commercial aircraft, were examined. Analyses of the gases evolved during the thermal degradation of the components indicated that the phenol-formaldehyde resin makes a significant contribution to the flammability of these composites. The possibility that a more fire resistant formulation could be developed was examined by testing a series of resins which differed in the relative amounts of phenol and formaldehyde used in the reaction mixtures. The flammabilities of resins synthesized in excess phenol were measurably less than those synthesized in excess formaldehyde.
Proceedings Title
American Chemical Society
Conference Dates
August 21-26, 1994
Conference Location
Washington, DC
Conference Title
Fire and Polymers II: Materials and Tests for Hazard Prevention. National Meeting, 208th. ACS Symposium Series 599


fire retardants, flame retardants, composite materials, formaldehyde, flammability, synthetic resins, equations, thermal degradation


Nyden, M. , Brown, J. and Lomakin, S. (1994), Flammability Properties of Honeycomb Composites and Phenol-Formaldehyde Resins, American Chemical Society, Washington, DC, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created August 21, 1994, Updated February 19, 2017