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Cone Calorimeter: Quantifying Easily Flammability & Heat Release Rate

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Thursday Oct 12, 2017

Pre-select more efficiently flame retardants that can enable you to pass regulatory tests with an improved use of cone calorimeter to assess flammability performance.

Parameters affecting cone calorimeter results & interpretation of heat release curves will be discussed using real-life cases. It will lead to a reliable evaluation of material behavior under various heating conditions.

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T Richard Hull Presented By:
T Richard Hull

Length: 90 min

Course Type: Formulation
Level: Beginner

Next Session: Oct 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. (New York City)
4:00 p.m. (Paris)

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Why should you attend?

New generation of halogen-free flame  retardants are more sensitive to the host polymer and formulation than their traditional counterparts. Flammability in these cases cannot be represented by a single parameter, and tools such as the cone calorimeter provide a valuable insight into the burning behavior to prepare polymer materials for the large variety of industry specific tests. But formulators often get lost in efficiently interpreting the cone calorimeter curves. Join this course and:


  1. Increase confidence in your interpretations & know when and how to adjust heat release curve reading (incomplete combustion, water soluble gases...)

  2. Get valuable clues to optimize burning behavior of your materials thanks to flammability parameters (TTI, HRR, pHRR, ttpHRR, THR, EHC...)

  3. Reduce development time by short-listing best candidates for large-scale fire tests with reliable ranking criteria
Cone Calorimeter: Quantifying Easily Flammability & Heat Release Rate

Who should attend?

  • Formulators of fire retardant materials who want to develop better materials
  • Suppliers of fire retardants who want to better advise customers
  • Users and specifiers of fire retardant materials who want to select materials which will help their products pass regulatory tests
  • Course Outline

    The following sections will be covered during this session:

    1. Introduction to FR Testing
      • Flammability, ignitability, heat release and flame spread
      • Simple methods – Oxygen Index and UL-94

    2. The Cone Calorimeter
      • Heat of Combustion and depletion calorimetry
      • Basic & derived flammability parameters from cone calorimetry (TTI, HRR, pHRR, ttpHRR, THR, EHC, FIGRA, SMOGRA etc)

    3. Interpretation of the shape of the heat release curves


    4. Effect of different parameters on the shape of predicted HRR curves
      • Corrections for incomplete combustion

    5. Behavior of different materials and fire retardants using real life case studies (halogen free cable compound, intumescent PE, fire retardant copolymers and nanocomposites…)


    6. Limitations and problems of cone calorimetry

    7. 30 Mins Q&A- Ask your questions directly from the expert !

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    Members Reviews

    Extraordinary expertise of speaker Prof. Hull. I learned about the correlations of fire spread, flamability and ignitability with Cone Calorimeter and about the different parameters that can be assesed.

    Holger H. , from BASF Schweiz AG

    In the past, I was just running tests without understanding why results might be as they were. Now I understand heat release curve variations. Thanks!

    Les F. , from Henkel Corporation

    It was very clear! I now know the key points to evaluate when you have cone calorimeter results, curves...

    Beatriz O. , from Polyone

    Excellent Course! Richard explained some relationships between heat transfer and ignitability that I had not thought of before.

    Robert Y. , from Eastman Chemical Company

    I wanted to understand how the cone calorimeter test relates to real materials, and this course has been a good grounding.

    Daniel G. , from Altro

    It was very helpful in aiding our formulations and help us correlate between basic fire tests. Good correlation between LOI's and Time to ignition.

    Kali S. , from ICL-IP America Inc.

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