Special Issue "Influence of Fillers on Thermal Properties and Flammability of Polymer Composites"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944). This special issue belongs to the section "Advanced Composites".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Witold Żukowski
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Cracow University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Cracow, Poland
Interests: chemical engineering; combustion; material science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reducing the flammability of polymeric materials or making them nonflammable is of particular importance due to serious health and life hazards. Polymer materials under conditions of elevated temperature are subject to decomposition, which can lead to significant smoke and toxic compounds emission during their thermal decomposition, pyrolysis or combustion.

Different types of polymer material fillers can play an important role in protecting polymer materials from fire. They also contribute to reducing the flammability of these materials. Such substances can be clay, silica, boron compounds, microspheres, carbon nanotubes, graphene or polyhedral oligomeric silsekioxanes and many others.

The main point of this Special Issue concerns the issue of influence of fillers on thermal properties and flammability of polymer composites. Scientific papers or reviews presenting the latest developments in the field of polymers or flammability of polymer composites and methods of their delay are invited for submission to this Special Edition.

During thermal degradation or burning of polymers, gaseous components with varying toxicity are released. The fillers used in polymers, depending on their nature, can reduce or increase the toxicity of gaseous mixtures formed, in a manner independent of their effect on flammability. The results of tests on the toxicity of gaseous products arising in fire conditions are particularly of interest.

Prof. Witold Żukowski
Guest Editor

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  • flammability of polymer composites
  • polymer fillers
  • flame-retardant mechanism
  • thermal analysis
  • toxicity of gaseous compounds

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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