Uncontrolled fire’s devastating effects on human lives, property and the environment should never be underestimated.
Efforts to lower risk include coating materials with fire-retardant agents. Unfortunately, the agents available to date have drawbacks:
- Toxicity to the environment – especially in soil and water
- Toxicity to people – which may include mutagenic and carcinogenic effects
- Limited effectiveness
First Graphene has partnered with a team at the University of Adelaide to find an environmentally friendly and more effective approach. Together they have developed a coating formulation, based on PureGRAPH® graphene, which is now branded as FireStop™. This is a paint, which was developed for the protection of timber and can be simply sprayed or brushed onto surfaces.
PureGRAPH® can also enhance the fire retardancy properties of other industrial polymer composites when used as an additive. Scientific studies have shown that graphene additives operate in a unique way, acting as an effective gas barrier and transporting heat away from the flame, slowing initial burning and preventing re-ignition.
Graphene is a highly effective, non-toxic fire retardant.
Graphene is synergistic and can be used to enhance existing fire retardancy packages in coatings, resins and foams. This means that graphene flame retardants can act alone or add further performance to existing materials.
Features and benefits of using PureGRAPH® additives for fire retardancy in various polymer composites as follows:
Disperses well in most solvents, polymer resins, elastomers and water-based formulations
Easy to use for optimised performance
Efficient barrier to oxygen
A new viable, greener alternative fire-retardant additive for coatings and polymers, including FRP composites, elastomers and plastics.
May be used to modify and upgrade existing fire-retardant systems.
Suppression of toxic and flammable volatiles
Prolongs structural integrity
Environmentally friendly compared with existing FR solutions