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15/Oct/2018
"Polyurethanes Technical Conference" shows more sustainable alternatives for polyurethane industry
On 1 - 3 October 2018, the 61st annual "Polyu
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12/Oct/2018
Conference "Fires in Vehicles"​ reveals that fire safety still needs to be improved in busses and electric cars
On 3 and 4 October 2018, the 5th biannual "Fi
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14/Aug/2018
New article on Recycling of Halogen-Free Flame-Retardant Plastics
Kunststoffe international 2018/08, PAGE 39 –
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23/Jan/2018
AMIs „Fire Resistance in Plastics“, 2017
The 12th international Fire Resistance in Plastics
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06/Oct/2017
Fraunhofer LBFs and PINFAs research activities on the recycling of plastics containing halogen free flame retardants
Recycling is an important issue with regard to the
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01/Sep/2017
New pinfa video: How effective are flame retardants for fire safety?
A new video from PINFA, the Phosphorus, Inorganic
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Bromine (chlorine)

Mode of action: interruption of the radical chain mechanism of the combustion process in the gas phase:

The high-energy OH and H radicals formed by chain branching in the fire are removed by the halogen-containing flame retardant as follows:


2. Formation of hydrogen halides (HX)


1. Release of halogen radicals (X*=Cl*, Br*) from the flame retardant (R-X)


3. Neutralization of energy-rich radicals


Important brominated flame retardants are:

Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBA). It is mainly used as a reactive component in printed circuit boards.


Decabromdiphenyl ether (Deca-BDE). It is a universally used flame retardant for all plastics and textiles. In Europe, however, it has been banned for the electrical/electronics sector (RoHS Directive). In the USA, the production of Deca-DBE will be discontinued soon.


Hexabromcyclododecane (HBCDD) is mainly used in polystyrene foams (EPS ans XPS). For environmental and health reasons, it will no more be used in Europe as of 2015 (REACh).


The most important chlorinated flame retardants are:


Dedecachloropentacyclooctadecadiene (Dechlorane) is used in polyamides.


Chloroparaffins are used as liquids in thermoplastics, thermosets and elastomers.