Faculty Advisor

Dembsey, Nicholas A.

Faculty Advisor

DiBiasio, David

Abstract

Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRPs) continue to grow in popularity as building materials while manufacturers continue to develop methods to improve their flame-resistant performance. Cone calorimeter tests can be implemented to cost-effectively analyze the performance of new flame resistant FRPs. Computer models such as G-Pyro have been developed to simulate combustion reactions. This offers the potential to simulate the effects of different additives or treatments on a given material at without costly lab tests. Through analysis of laboratory test results and computer generated test results, this project evaluated the effectiveness of new flame-retardant FRPs as well as the feasibility of pyrolysis computer modeling in commercial research and development applications.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Advisor Department

Chemical Engineering

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