Woven hemp fabric reinforced vinyl ester composite treated with fire retardant

Misnon, Mohd Iqbal and Islam, Md Mainul and Epaarachchi, Jayantha Ananda and Chen, Haizhen and Wang, Hao (2016) Woven hemp fabric reinforced vinyl ester composite treated with fire retardant. International Journal of Advances in Science Engineering and Technology, 4 (3). pp. 90-95. ISSN 2321-8991


Natural fibre composites are potentially used as low load bearing material in building infrastructure industry. For
this targeted applications, the ability to inhibit fire are strongly suggested to be most priority for these materials. Common method incorporating fire retardant (FR) agent is by adding it during the mixing process between fibre and matrix or by using FR compounded resin. However, there are fewer works on applying FR agent to the reinforcement directly (especially on hemp fabric) and effect of this treated reinforcement in composite material. Thus, in this work, a commercial FR was used to treat woven hemp fabric (WHF) in order to enhance its FR properties and these properties were characterised employing burning, thermo-gravimetry and limiting oxygen index tests. This treated WHF was then converted into composite by means of vinyl ester resin, and similar tests as mentioned before were done in order to determine composite’s FR properties. Based on the results, utilising WHF treated with FR can be used to enhance FR properties of hemp fabric reinforced vinyl ester (HVE) composite. Thus, this procedure can be used as an alternative method to produce FR composite materials.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 06:39
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2017 06:34
Uncontrolled Keywords: burning test, composites, FR, limiting oxygen index, mechanical properties, woven hemp fabric.
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 86 Manufacturing > 8604 Leather Products, Fibre Processing and Textiles > 860403 Natural Fibres, Yarns and Fabrics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/30310

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