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Review of fire structural modelling of polymer composites

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Adrian Mouritz, Professor Geoff Gibson


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This paper presents a critical review of research progress in modelling the structural response of polymer matrix composites exposed to fire. Models for analysing the thermal, chemical, physical, and failure processes that control the structural responses of laminates and sandwich composite materials in fire are reviewed. Models for calculating the residual structural properties of composites following fire are also described. Progress towards validation of the models by experimental characterisation of the structural properties of composites during and following fire is assessed. Deficiencies in the fire structural models are identified in the paper, which provide the focus for future research in the field. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Mouritz AP, Feih S, Kandare E, Mathys Z, Gibson AG, Des Jardin PE, Case SW, Lattimer BY

Editor(s): Pierron F; Camanho P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 4th International Conference on Composites Testing and Model Identification (CompTest 2008)

Year of Conference: 2008

Pages: 1800-1814

ISSN: 1359-835X

Publisher: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2009.09.001

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