The safe and effective use of composite materials for workboat applications requires an understanding and assessment of the risks and limitations of the different composite materials available and also of the different hazards associated with fires. The performance of any material in a fire is a highly complex subject since it has many different facets. These facets can perhaps best be grouped into two main areas: immediate and longer term effects. Immediate effects cover points such as the ease of ignition of the material, spread of flame, heat generation, formation of smoke and the production of toxic gases. Longer term effects include such issues as the residual strength of the composite structure during and after a fire and the spread of the fire and heat to adjoining areas. This article looks briefly at each of the facets and how different composite materials respond.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Ship & Boat Intl, n 1, Jan/Feb 1996, p 31 [3 p, 3 fig]
  • Authors:
    • Cripps, D
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00727582
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 1 1996 12:00AM