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Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials and Polymer Composites

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Lightweight polymeric materials have been widely applied in modern society. However, many of these polymeric materials are highly flammable, causing great fire risks to people’s lives and belongings. The fire hazards associated with these flammable polymeric materials have been regarded as a major issue to be ...

Lightweight polymeric materials have been widely applied in modern society. However, many of these polymeric materials are highly flammable, causing great fire risks to people’s lives and belongings. The fire hazards associated with these flammable polymeric materials have been regarded as a major issue to be addressed. These flammable polymeric materials have been identified as the root cause of many severe fire incidents, which have given rise to over 40,000 deaths worldwide and total fire losses accounting for around 1% of the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country. Therefore, the minimization of the fire risk of these flammable polymeric materials has become a compulsory requirement for their practical application in industry. The development of environmentally benign flame-retardant polymers/composites represents one effective strategy to address the fire issues associated with these flammable polymers.

This Research Topic, Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials and Flame-Retardant Polymer Composites (FRPMs&FRPCs), aims to feature the latest technological and scientific advances and future opportunities and challenges on flame-retardant materials. We also aim to broaden and deepen the scientific and technological knowledge with the most recent advances in the preparation, performance, and application of FRPMs&FRPCs with respect to the concept of long-term environmental, economic, and social sustainability. This Research Topic will be of great value to engineers, scientists, and decision-makers who are working in academia, industry, and government sectors. Also, it will greatly contribute to catalyzing the discovery and development of FRPMs&FRPCs while highlighting their associated challenges in sustainable development.

Topics of Interest
This Research Topic includes, but is not limited to, the following:
• Flame-retardant coatings;
• Bio-based and/or recycled flame retardant polymeric materials and their application;
• Flame-retardant composites and nanocomposites;
• Assessment of the durability and performance of flame-retardant polymers/composites;
• Modelling and simulation of FRPMs&FRPCs and their behaviors.


Keywords: Polymer Composites, Flame Retardancy, Smoke Toxicity, Fire Simulation, Sustainability


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