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Fire structural modelling of fibre-polymer laminates protected with an intumescent coating

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


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This paper presents a new modelling approach to analyse the fire structural response of fibre-polymer laminates protected with an intumescent surface coating. The model is designed to predict the temperature, decomposition, softening and failure of laminates with an intumescent coating in fire. The modelling involves a three-stage analytical approach: (i) thermal-chemical analysis of the intumescent coating, (ii) thermal-chemical analysis of heat transfer through the laminate substrate (beneath the intumescent coating), and (iii) thermal-mechanical analysis of the softening and failure of the laminate under tension or compression loading. Fire structural tests were performed on a woven glass/vinyl ester laminate coated with an organic intumescent material to validate the modelling approach. It is shown the model can predict with good accuracy the temperature distribution and swelling of the intumescent coating with increasing exposure time to a constant heat flux. The model can approximate the temperature, softening and failure of the laminate substrate. (C) 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Kandare E, Griffin GJ, Feih S, Gibson AG, Lattimer BY, Mouritz AP

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Composites Part A: Applied Science and Manufacturing

Year: 2012

Volume: 43

Issue: 5

Pages: 793-802

Print publication date: 19/05/2011

ISSN (print): 1359-835X

ISSN (electronic): 1878-5840

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.compositesa.2011.05.012


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P2.1.2Cooperative Research Centre for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS)
N00014-07-10514United States Office of Naval Research