Accession Number : ADA195164

Title :   Fire Retardant Coatings for Military Equipment - A Review,

Corporate Author : MATERIALS RESEARCH LABS ASCOT VALE (AUSTRALIA)

Personal Author(s) : Wake, L V

PDF Url : ADA195164

Report Date : Feb 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : A continued increase in the use of fire retardant coatings by the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) is expected in view of the higher levels of composite and other lightweight materials being employed in modern military equipment. However, the increased smoke production reportedly associated with some fire retardant coatings has led to differences of opinion on the relative benefits associated with their use. This aspect combined with the growing awareness on health and safety factors associated with fire has, in part, resulted in a variety of coatings and testing methods being adopted by allied Service organizations. This review examines the field and discusses the mechanisms of action and relative performance of fire retardant coatings in relation to the above. Coatings suitable for use by the ADF are also discussed.

Descriptors :   *FIRE RESISTANT COATINGS, AUSTRALIA, AUTOMATIC, AWARENESS, COATINGS, MILITARY EQUIPMENT, SAFETY, SMOKE, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, TOXICITY, ABLATIVE MATERIALS, EPOXY COMPOUNDS, POLYURETHANE RESINS, AIRCRAFT FIRES, ACRYLIC RESINS

Subject Categories : Coatings, Colorants and Finishes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE