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Assessment of mechanical and thermomechanical properties of epoxy-basalt composites modified with halogen-free intumescent flame retardants

Mateusz Barczewski, Danuta Matykiewicz, Jacek Andrzejewski, Kamila Sałasińska, Sandra Paszkiewicz, Adam Piasecki, Joanna Aniśko, Aleksander Hejna, Damian Przestacki

Quarterly No. 4, 2023 pages 239-246

DOI: https://doi.org/10.62753/ctp.2023.09.4.4

keywords: epoxy, basalt, composite, laminate, intumescent flame retardants, mechanical properties

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abstract This study aims to examine the effect of flame retardants (FRs) on the mechanical and thermomechanical properties of epoxy composites reinforced with basalt fibers. To effectively modify fire behavior, it is usually necessary to introduce significant amounts of FRs, which raises many concerns due to the potential deterioration of other functional properties, including mechanical performance. In this work, 30 wt% halogen-free FRs, including a two-component FR (ammonium polyphosphate with pentaerythritol) and melamine cyanurate, were introduced into the polymer matrix. The unmodified and intumescent FR-modified epoxy resin composites reinforced with basalt fibers were subjected to static flexural test and thermomechanical properties assessment. The research results were correlated with the analysis of changes in the chemical composition assessed using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. As a result, the saturation of the reinforcing fabrics by the modified epoxy resin was limited, which caused a different failure mechanism under static bending and impact test conditions. Both FR systems reduced the flammability of the modified epoxy laminates along with also acceptable deterioration of the mechanical properties. The most beneficial effects considering the combination of all the analyzed features were noted for the two-component FR system containing ammonium polyphosphate and pentaerythritol.

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