Modeling and experimental studies of thermal degradation of glass fiber reinforced polymer composites
Abbreviated Journal Title
glass fiber; fire retardation; thermal degradation; composite; FIRE; CHARS; HEAT; Materials Science, Multidisciplinary
This study developed a numerical model that simulated the degradation rate and temperature profiles of a glass fiber reinforced polyester resin composite exposed to a constant heat flux in a cone calorimeter. By considering the thermal properties of the composite structure consisting of alternating layers of pure polymer and polymer-infused glass fiber mat, the numerical model seeks to reproduce the experimental data from the cone calorimeter test. The final results are achieved through adding a simulated heat flux from the pilot ignition of the degraded gas of the polyester resin. The good agreement between the predicted and experimental results suggests that such models are cost-saving tools over the process of designing and manufacturing of composites for meeting fire safety requirements, without having to fabricate many samples for testing and final selection. Copyright (c) 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Fire and Materials
"Modeling and experimental studies of thermal degradation of glass fiber reinforced polymer composites" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6195.