2011-2015 Developing Novel Fire-Resistant High Performance Composites.

The greater use of polymer matrix composite materials in transportation would be highly desirable. Their low weight, along with their inherent resistance to corrosion and fatigue, enables more fuel efficient and sustainable transport structures. However, for many applications, the biggest factor currently preventing the more widespread use of light high-performance polymer matrix composites is their poor fire performance. The overall aim of the FIRE-RESIST project was to develop novel, cost-effective, high-performance, lightweight polymer matrix composite materials with a step-change improvement in fire behaviour.  A further objective was to develop advanced multi-scale mathematic simulations of polymer matrix composites in fire. The project started in February 2011 and continued until January 2015. The role of SP was in testing and assessment of material and fire properties of the materials developed in the project. Another important task is the responsibility for conducting fire experiments in different scales for validation of mathematic simulations. The project consortium consisted of 18 partners and was coordinated by Newcastle University. The Swedish partners included SP, Swerea-SICOMP and APC Composite AB.

Project participants

Newcastle University (koordinator)
EADS Deutschland GmbH – Innovation Works
Bombardier Transportation (UK) Ltd
Flensburger Schiffbau-Gesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Germanischer Lloyd AG
Advanced Composites Group Ltd
Amorim Cork Composites SA
TransFurans Chemicals BVBA
Anthony, Patrick and Murta Exportação Lda
APC Composite AB
BALance Technology Consulting GmbH
PROPLAST - Conzorzio per la Promozione della Cultura Plastica
Fundación Gaiker
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon
SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Steinbeis Advanced Risk Technologies GmbH

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Contact Persons

Per Blomqvist

Phone: +46 10 516 56 70

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Phone 010-516 50 00, E-mail info@ri.se

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