Toward Halogen-Free Flame Retardants for Polystyrene Thermal Insulation Boards

  • Ebru ErünalEmail author
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The limitation of fire class and halogen-containing flame retardants are two significant issues for polystyrene-based insulation materials. In this chapter, the necessity of external thermal insulation composite systems and related concepts are briefly introduced. Then, based on the approaches in the literature to halogen-free flame retardants for polystyrene, melamine-derived and expandable graphite-based substances on polystyrene production and properties are investigated. Flame retardants were added both during and after the polymerization reaction. Chemical and mechanical properties are investigated by means of elemental analysis, high-temperature gel permeation chromatography, thermal gravimetric analysis, tensile and flexural strength together with Young’s and elastic moduli. Moreover, the horizontal fire class tests were also performed. According to results, except virgin PS all blended materials passed UL 94 HB test.



This study was funded by Research Fellowship program of Johannes Kepler University (JKU). Prof. Dr. Christian Paulik and his group at the Institute for Chemical Technology of Organic Materials, JKU, for their valuable supports; moreover, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Milan Kracalik from Institute of Polymer Science, JKU; Transfercenter für Kunststofftechnik GmbH (TCKT) for compounding tests; and Erdoğan Daşdemir from Zwick/Roell-Zwick Avrasya for mechanical tests are greatly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Chemical Engineering Department, Ceyhan Engineering FacultyÇukurova UniversityAdanaTurkey

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