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Abstract

Development of new and improved flame-resistant materials has been a major goal of fiber scientists during the past decade. However, in spite of legislated standards for flame-resistant textile materials, meaningful progress has been achieved only in selected areas. One of the major obstacles has been the incompatibility between the required structural properties for flame resistance and those necessary for preparation of filaments. Ideally, a flame-resistant fiber would consist of a highly aromatic cross-linked structure which on exposure to flame would char in high yield and produce relatively nontoxic gases. However, routes to preparing such fiber did not exist until recently. Consequently, most of the progress in this area has been achieved by either incorporating halogen atoms into the polymer chain or through use of processible aromatic polyamides. Unfortunately, when exposed to a flame these systems may produce large amounts of smoke and significant concentrations of toxic gases such as HC1 and HCN.

Keywords

Carbon Fiber Abrasion Resistance Phenolic Hydroxyl Ignition Time Char Yield 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Economy
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM Research LaboratorySan JoseUSA

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