Synthesis and thermal analytical screening of metal complexes as potential novel fire retardants in polyamide 6.6

Holdsworth, Alistair F. ORCID: 0000-0002-9250-9650, Horrocks, Richard ORCID: 0000-0003-1431-058X and Kandola, Baljinder K. ORCID: 0000-0002-3621-3724 (2017) Synthesis and thermal analytical screening of metal complexes as potential novel fire retardants in polyamide 6.6. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 144. pp. 420-433. ISSN 0141-3910

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The development of new flame retardants is of ever increasing importance because of ecotoxicity concerns over existing systems and related regulatory pressures. From a range of low-toxicity, water-insoluble reagents, a total of 151 metal complexes were assessed for their potential to impart flame retardant behaviour in polymer matrices. These were successfully synthesised on a small scale and possible interactions were explored with a model engineering polymer, namely polyamide 6.6 (PA66). Powder mixtures of each complex with PA66 in a 1:3 mass ratio were analysed under air using TGA/DTA. Based on the stability of each at the typical processing temperature of 290 °C and its char forming potential (the final residue requirement at 580 °C being > 25%), selected mixtures were then analysed further using a differential mass loss technique. Metal complex/PA66 mixtures in which the differential residual mass above 470 °C was >10% with respect to the theoretical value were considered to have a positive char forming interaction. Only eight of the metal complexes passed this last criterion including aluminium, tin (II) and zinc tungstates, three tin (II) phosphorus oxyanion complexes, iron (II) aluminate and iron (III) hypophosphite. These selected compounds were synthesised on a larger scale (c.a. 100 g), characterised and compounded into PA66 at 5 wt% for flammability assessment using LOI, UL94 and cone calorimetry. Of these, only aluminium tungstate and iron (II) aluminate showed some degree of FR behaviour with LOI values ≥ 23.0 vol% compared with PA66 (LOI = 22.9 vol%) and the former almost achieved a UL94 V-2 rating. However, while up to 32% reductions in total heat releases and up to 49% reduction in PHRR in cone calorimetric tests were observed for the metal complex/PA66 composites generally, those for Al2(WO4)3 were 6 and 29% respectively and for Fe(AlO2)2 were 18 and 45% respectively.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Metal complex, Synthesis, Polyamide 6.6, Thermal analysis, Char promotion, Flammability
Divisions: School of Engineering > Engineering
University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 08:58
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2018 02:30
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2017.09.002

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