Accession Number : AD0801309

Title :   A STUDY OF FIRE-RETARDANT PAINTS. REPORT TO THE TEST DIRECTOR,

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Miller,Harvey

Report Date : DEC 1953

Pagination or Media Count : 31

Abstract : The objective of this project was to study the thermal effects of an atomic weapon on the fire-retardant properties of white and colored fire-retardant paints, and to evaluate the residual fire retardancy of these paints. The main conclusions were that after exposure to the thermal effects of an atomic weapon: (1) the white fire-retardant paint had better fire-retardant properties than the ordinary house paint; (2) the gray fire-retardant paint, using high infrared reflecting pigments, had fire-retardant properties comparable to the white fire- retardant paint and better than the standard navy gray paint; (3) while the O.D. fire-retardant paint showed less fire retardance than the white or gray paints, the loss in fire retardance due to field exposure was comparable for all three; (4) test results show that ordinary paint offers better fire protection than unpainted wood and that the fire-retardant paints offer even better protection than the ordinary paints.

Descriptors :   (*FIRE RESISTANT COATINGS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DAMAGE), (*PAINTS, THERMAL RADIATION), NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, COLORS, HEAT RESISTANT MATERIALS, REFLECTIVITY, THERMAL INSULATION, WOOD, FIRE SAFETY, TITANIUM COMPOUNDS, ZINC COMPOUNDS, LEAD COMPOUNDS, COBALT COMPOUNDS, MANGANESE COMPOUNDS, ALUMINUM COMPOUNDS, ANTIMONY COMPOUNDS, DIOXIDES, BORATES, OXIDES, CARBONATES, SULFATES, NAPHTHALENES, POLYAMIDE PLASTICS

Subject Categories : Coatings, Colorants and Finishes
      Safety Engineering
      Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE