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An innovative phosphorus rich intumescent oligomer enabling commercially competitive high performance halogen free fire protection of polypropylene

Objectif

Offering good performance at low cost, polypropylene (PP) is a popular commodity plastic within many market sectors. However, due to its high flammability and low charring nature, PP is difficult to fire protected. Whist brominated flame retardants (FRs) are able to achieve excellent FR performance at moderate cost and with little impact on polymer properties, they release toxic and corrosive smoke during fire, are potentially harmful to the environment and restrict PP recyclability. There is thus increased legislative and political pressure for a reduction in halogen FR use. Existing halogen free PP flame retardants are based on low performance & low cost mineral FR additives or high performance & high cost intumescent systems, both requiring high to moderate loadings thereby impacting on polymer properties and restricting use for high performance applications.

‘Mixed intumescent polymeric salts’ (MIPS) are a novel cost efficient high performance intumescent FR additive. Utilising phosphorous rich oligomers synthesised from readily available raw materials, the MIPS chemistry integrates the essential components for intumescence within one molecule, locked in a reaction state immediately preceding intumescence, thereby enabling:
- High performance at reduced loading: Rapid and efficient intumescence at low temperatures achieving enhanced flame retardancy and smoke suppression;
- Cost Competitiveness: Low cost additive manufacture combined with reduced loading enabling additive package pricing in-line with halogen based systems;
- Superior physical and mechanical properties: non-particulate and oligomeric nature (melt blendable) and reduced loading levels, achieving significantly reduced impact on base polymer properties;

PP-MIPS will further advance ‘MIPS’ as an intumescent fire protection chemistry for PP, targeting commercial competitiveness with halogen based FR systems and enabling their replacement for high performance applications. The PP-MIPS compounds will be demonstrated for two high profile case study applications: 1) halogen free UL94-V2 rated PP fibres; and 2) NFPA-262 rated cable insulation jackets. Such applications are currently only possible using halogenated polymer compounds. PP-MIPS will generate ~€50 million business growth for its SMEs within a 3 year period.

Appel à propositions

FP7-SME-2010-1
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Régime de financement

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinateur

Advanced Insulation Systems Ltd
Adresse
Quedgeley West Business Park - Bristol Road
GL2 4PA Gloucester
United Kingdom
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contribution de l’UE
€ 358 855,50
Contact administratif
Sarah Elizabeth Rogers (Dr.)

Participants (7)

VAMP TECHNOLOGIES
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 241 616
Adresse
Viale Delle Industrie 10 12
20040 Busnago
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Umberto Antonio Papale (Mr.)
Sider Arc SpA
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 185 730,75
Adresse
Via Galileo Galilei 45
20010 Cornaredo
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Gian Mario Bongini (Dr.)
Tessitura Carlo Majocchi & C SPA
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 179 730,50
Adresse
Via Astico 41
21100 Varese
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Lelio Munda (Mr.)
GESCABLE SL
Espagne
Contribution de l’UE
€ 180 599,25
Adresse
Calle Afrodita 2 Pol Ind R 2
28880 Meco Madrid
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
César Gómez Alonso (Mr.)
THE UK MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Contribution de l’UE
€ 8 365
Adresse
Middle Aston House
OX25 5PT Oxfordshire
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Mark Pullinger (Dr.)
CENTRO TESSILE COTONIERO E ABBIGLIAMENTO SPA
Italie
Contribution de l’UE
€ 7 200
Adresse
Piazza Sant Anna 2
21052 Busto Arsizio
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
Roberto Vannucci (Mr.)
Prometheus Developments Ltd
United Kingdom
Contribution de l’UE
€ 9 316
Adresse
Mount Pleasant Drive 24
DE56 2TH Belper
Type d’activité
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif
David Charles Aslin (Dr.)