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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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19/Oct/2015
European fire tests for cables in building and CE-marking
In 2008, in the context of the Construction Produc
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02/Sep/2015
Electrical fires and fire safety requirements for E&E equipment
In a U.S. statistical overview from NFPA[i] on ele
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04/Aug/2015
prEN 16733: Standard draft for testing and classifying the propensity of construction products to undergo continuous smouldering
In the past, the smouldering of construction produ
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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