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Fire Performance of FRP Composites

The performance of composite materials in fire is a key enabler / barrier to potential growth markets such as construction, rail, marine, aerospace and oil & gas.

With the appropriate choice of resin, additives, fillers and coatings, fibre reinforced polymer (FRP) composites can be used to make structures with clear fire performance benefits over many other materials, in addition to other benefits such as weight reduction or corrosion resistance. FRP composites are also good thermal insulators, so they can significantly limit the heat of a fire spreading in the way that can occur with metals. This event will seek to share up-to-date information on material developments and applications where fire performance is an issue, as well as addressing potential markets and related standards and regulations.

The National Composites Centre and Composites UK will be holding an event on the topic of Fire Performance of FRP Composites.


09:00  Registration and refreshments

Introductory Session
09:30  Welcome and introduction to Composites UK - Stella Job - Composites UK
09:40  Strategies to boost FST Performance of Composites and introduction to NCC - Nigel Keen - National Composites Centre
10:10  Fire performance, standards and regulation of composite materials in the built environment - Colin Hill - International Fire Consultants Ltd.

10:30  Break

Testing and Standards for Sectors
11:00  How can we apply proven FST composite solutions for mass transportation to the construction sector? - Mike Orange - Cecence Ltd
11:20  Setting the standards for fire safety for composites in the rail network - Jonathan Howard - Dura Composites Ltd 
11:40  Fire requirements and testing for FRP composite ship structures (RAMSSES) - Kujtim Ukaj - RISE Research Institutes of Sweden 
12:00  Fire testing of composite materials for the marine and offshore environments, including an update on the Lightweight Cruise Ship Cabin project - Tom Royle - Wizz Consultancy

12:20  Lunch

Product / Case Studies
13:15  A renewable flame retardant pre-impregnated material for all applications - Nick Smith - SHD Composites 
13:30  Ultra low heat release prepregs for mass transport applications - Gareth Davies - Composites Evolution 
13:45  SAERTEX LEO coated fabric - Laurent Nicolas - Cristex Ltd
14:00  Making light work of fire - Simon Price - CFP Composites
14:15  Development of a fire resistant composite bogie - Camille Seurat - ELG Carbon Fibre 

14:30  Break

14:55  Highest fire safety at practical costs: Cellobond™ - Lee David - Hexion
15:10  Fire testing of composites used in aircraft applications - Mary Kelly - Resonate Testing

15:25  Panel discussion 
Panellists include: Sam Sambasivan, London Underground; Malcolm Robb, BAE Systems, Naval; Colin Hill, International Fire Consultants; (others tbc)

16:15  Close

16:15  Optional tour of BS 8414 test rig (15 min walk)

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All exhibition space is either reserved or provisionally reserved. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list please contact us.

Table tops are £275 +VAT for Composites UK members and £450 +VAT for non-members. This includes one free delegate place.


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Registration for this event is now open:

Composites UK - £105 + VAT (login first to reveal discounted price below)
NCC Members - £105 + VAT (use coupon code NCCFS)
Non-Members - £165 + VAT

A tour of the BS 8414 test rigs will be available on the day. Please select the tour option below if you would like to participate in this.

Image of 3 MW façade fire test on a large composite surface courtesy of RISE Safety/Fire Research

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