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06/Aug/2018
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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04/Aug/2017
Recycling of plastic waste - curse or a blessing?
In our fast-paced „throwaway society“
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31/May/2017
Plastics for E&E applications, “fuse box meets dryer” 2017 in Würzburg
As in previous years „Kunststoffzentrum (SKZ
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01/Aug/2016
pinfa's first workshop in China confirms interest in halogen free FRs
In June 2016, over 250 people from academia, indus
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02/Nov/2015
1st International Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Safety Materials Science and Engineering (AOFSM’1 2015)
The 1st International Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fi
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Selection criteria

"Side effects"

It is important that the best suitable flame retardant is selected for the specific application and, where necessary, that the overall recipe of the plastic is also improved. This is because the advantages of flame retardants - increasing the fire safety of products - can also cause some disadvantages.

During production and use of plastics:

  • Worsening of the mechanical and electrical properties of the plastic
  • Resistance to water, high temperatures, sunlight, chemicals, etc. can be affected
  • Flame retardants have their price - this can affect the price of the end product

Migration/emission:

  • Some flame retardants migrate out of the material under certain conditions, i.e. they vaporize. 

 During recycling or disposal:

  • Possible release of toxic decomposition products
  • Separate processing may be required for halogenated products
  • Corrosive fire gases may be produced by halogenated products