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January 15, 2021

Mattress fire safety standard saves lives

NIST study concludes that US 16 CFR Part 1633 (open flame resistance) already prevents 65 deaths per year, despite not all old mattresses from before this standard having been replaced.

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Grenfell Inquiry media questions

The Grenfell fire inquiry has been told that cladding sold as fire class zero may not have been appropriately tested.

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Numerical modelling study of Grenfell fire

Efectis study suggests mineral wool spreads fire faster than polymer insulation. The study was part funded by Kingspan

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Reactive DOPO for polyurethane elastomers

Phosphorus PIN-FR reacted into the polymer results in fire and mechanical performance with no FR leaching.

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January 14, 2021

Improving performance of APP in epoxy

The PIN FR ammonium phosphate was (APP) modified by latex, resulting in better mechanical properties of PIN FR epoxy.

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Mineral PINs reduce smoke emissions

Carbon-encapsulated metal oxides with PFRs reduced heat release and smoke emission in polyurethane foam.

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January 8, 2021

pinfa webinar: Materials challenges for e-mobility

Worldwide growth in electric vehicles The global electric vehicle (EV) market was estimated at 160 US$ billion in 2019 and is expected to grow to over 800 billion US$ by 2027.

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pinfa and fire safety in e-mobility

infa’s vision for sustainable fire safety Adrian Beard, pinfa Chairperson and Clariant, outlined pinfa’s vision, which is to improve fire safety and to reduce smoke impacts, whilst improving the environmental and health profile of flame retardants, their compatibility with recycling and their biodegradability. PIN flame retardants are the way forward.

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Materials fire safety challenges and solutions

Franz Janson, TE Connectivity TE Connectivity has been developing and supplying connectivity and sensing products for over 75 years, including for transport systems and vehicles, industry and communications installations and equipment.

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Developments in fire standards for emobility

Thomas Wagner, UL As Business Manager Automotive at UL (Underwriters Laboratories), Thomas Wagner outlined new standards available or under development to ensure the fire safety of electric cars.

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European Fire Safety Week

The European Fire Safety Week was organised for its second year in 2020 and aimed to improve awareness of fire safety for stakeholders and EU policy makers.

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Fire risks of road vehicles and medical consequences

Paul Otxoterena, RiSE Fire contributes to road accident deaths: around 5% of road fatalities in Sweden involve vehicle fires, with cause of death attributable only to fire in one third of cases.

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Specific fire safety challenges of electric vehicles

David Qi, RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers Laurent Tribut, Schneider Electric

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E-vehicles bring new risks into buildings

Dieter Brants, Hulpverleningszone Oost The fire load of electric vehicles with batteries and the heat release rate in fire are similar to that of conventional vehicles with fuel.

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November 17, 2020

New test method for facades underway

Lars Boström, RiSE, at an online webinar, presented progress to finalise the new EU building façade fire test.

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Fire safety in building sustainability labels

A webinar discussed the feasibility of a fire safety rating scheme for buildings based on a safety assessment model. The event was organised by the “European Fire Safety Community”, which is an in...

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Synergist to improve PIN FR thermoplastics

BYK has launched a non-halogenated synergist which improves fire performance, processing and material properties,

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Dietzel Univolt PIN FR “HFT” cable conduits

Innovating in cable conduits since 1938, the Austrian company Dietzel Univolt considers its range of “HFT Next generation” LSF0H (Low Smoke and Flame, Zero Halogen) conduits as a frontrunner in su...

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PIN FR innovation for lithium ion batteries

Scientists have developed low weight, high-safety components to improve lithium ion batteries, using phosphorus PIN FRs.

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PIN FRs strong in alternatives ‘Marketplace’

Nearly forty companies are now offering PIN FRs on ChemSec’s Marketplace for safer alternatives.

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International fire safety standard published

60-page first edition of IFSS “International Fire Safety Standards: Common Principles” was released 1st October 2020.

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Tough new PIN FR polyamides

pinfa member, Lanxess, has developed high strength & rigidity PA6-fibre composites achieving UL94-V0 @ 0,5 mm.

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Mineral based FR synergist for CPR cables

Nabaltec’s new synergist improves processability, ageing and fire performance of ATH-filled LFHFR cables. Low Fire Hazard Fire Resistant cables achieve CPR (EU Construction Products Regulation) crit...

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Webinar: Fire safety and electric vehicles

Organised by pinfa in the European Fire Safety Week, the webinar 19th November 10h-11h30 CET

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