Flame retardance and physical properties of novel cured blends of unsaturated polyester and furan resins

Kandola, Baljinder K. ORCID: 0000-0002-3621-3724, Ebdon, John R. ORCID: 0000-0003-4176-3912 and Chowdhury, K.P. (2015) Flame retardance and physical properties of novel cured blends of unsaturated polyester and furan resins. Polymers, 7 (2). pp. 298-315. ISSN 2073-4360

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Novel blends of two furan resins with an unsaturated polyester have been prepared and cured by parallel free radical (for the unsaturated polyester) and acid-catalysed crosslinking (for the furan resin) to give co-cured composite materials. Although these materials have inferior physical properties, such as low Tg and low storage modulus compared with those of unsaturated polyester and furan resins alone, they show markedly improved flame retardance compared with that of the normally highly flammable unsaturated polyester. This increased flame retardance arises from a condensed phase mechanism in which the furanic component forms a semi-protective char, reducing rates of thermal degradation and total heat release and heat of combustion. The blends also burn with reduced smoke output compared with that from unsaturated polyester alone.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Flame Retardant Polymers
Uncontrolled Keywords: unsaturated polyester, furan, blend, fire performance, thermal stability cone calorimetry
Divisions: School of Engineering > Engineering
University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 14:44
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2018 14:44
Identification Number: 10.3390/polym7020298
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1476

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