Developments in Characterising the Structural Behaviour of Composites in Fire

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The purpose of this chapter is to review some recent developments in the characterisation and modelling of the fire behaviour of organic matrix composites, relating especially their behaviour under load. The development and modelling of small-scale fire tests under load will be discussed. These tests are aimed at providing more cost-effective methods of characterising load-bearing behaviour of composites in fire than were available hitherto, and to provide a framework within which materials development could take place. The application of these tests to particular composite systems will be described, and it will be shown that results obtained on a small scale under controlled conditions with composites can be readily applied to modelling the fire performance of larger composite structures.


Heat Flux Compressive Strength Glass Transition Temperature Fire Behaviour Vinyl Ester 
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The research reported here was carried out in research programmes at Newcastle University UK and at RMIT Australia. The authors wish to acknowledge the support of two organisations that have contributed to the advances described: the United States Office of Naval Research (under Grant Nos N00014-04-10026 and N00014-07-10514) and the European Union (Marie Curie Momentum Research Transfer Network on Multidisciplinary Research and Training on Composite Materials Applications in Transport Modes. Contract number MRTN/CT/2005/019198).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Composite Materials EngineeringStephenson Building, University of Newcastle upon TyneNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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