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A fire safety rating system for use with fiberglass-reinforced plastics (FRP) is developed in this paper that covers ignition, flame spread, smoke development, and toxicity. The tests chosen for the rating system are described and examples presented of how several different types of FRP sheet perform on these tests. A new class of fire retardant systems offer, for the first time, a combination of low flame spread, low smoke, and low toxicity. Toxicity data are presented on both large-scale (room burn) and small-scale tests.
flame spread, smoke development, toxicity, room corner test, corner wall test
Technical Manager, Polyester Resins, PPG Industries, Springdale, PA