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The thermal performance for a wide range of upholstery fabrics made in various weights and fiber types has been studied. A cone calorimeter was utilized for this work using simulated furniture mockups of cover fabric, with and without Kevlar Z-11 fire blocker fabric and foam. Results are discussed with regard to heat release characteristics and relative performance of various components.
cone calorimeter, upholstery fabrics, fire blocker fabric, thermal performance
Research associate, E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Wilmington, DE