Faculty Advisor

Dembsey, Nicholas A.


The use of Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) for architectural applications in the construction industry is subjected to requirements of the International Building Code: ASTM E84 and NFPA 285. These large scale tests can be costly and failure is detrimental for the development of new FRP systems. These FRP systems use different ratios of resin and fire retardant additives that affect their performance in ASTM E84 and NFPA 285. This study further develops a set of screening tools based on flame spread models to predict fire performance using data from the bench scale Cone Calorimeter to measure material fire behavior. The predicted performance based on changes in resin to fire retardant additive ratios is reported for ASTM E84 and NFPA 285.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

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