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18th November 2016, Burneside

TFP to launch updated Tecnofire range at Composites Europe 2016

Technical Fibre Products (TFP) will be launching the company’s new, updated Tecnofire range of fire protection materials at the upcoming Composites Europe show that takes place in Dusseldorf this month. These innovative nonwovens provide fire protection to a wide variety of structures, ranging from composites to infrastructure, bridges and aircraft, the company reports.

Tecnofire is a range of versatile lightweight intumescent fire protection materials. The materials work by expanding from 4 to 35 times their original thickness when exposed to heat. The stable char produced protects the underlying structure from heat energy or fills a gap to prevent fire spread.

Tecnofire is a range of versatile lightweight intumescent fire protection materials. © Technical Fibre Products

According to the manufacturer, the range is used extensively in a broad range of applications and has been specified for use in bridges, fire doors, buses, trains, trams and structural panels, following successful fire testing. Specially developed resin infusible grades are also incorporated at the surface of composites to provide fire protection where it is required, without compromising structural integrity.

New nomenclature

TFP has recently updated the Tecnofire range with new, easier to interpret product names. The existing six digit codes have been replaced with new nomenclature, which provides information about the individual product’s performance, composition and properties.

The primary aim is to make things easier for Tecnofire users, ensuring the key performance attributes of the materials can be clearly identified, the company explains.

New developments

As well as the naming changes, there are several exciting new developments in the Tecnofire range of materials. The first is an electrically activated version containing conductive fibres, where expansion can be initiated on demand, without heat, according to the manufacturer.

This is said to make the material ideal for use in a remotely activated fire system and have the additional benefit of enabling the material to act as a viable EMI shield. Other recent introductions include lighter, thinner Tecnofire materials specially designed for aerospace applications. These grades can be incorporated into aerospace composites to improve the fire smoke toxicity (FST) with a minimum weight addition.

Tecnofire, like many of TFP’s nonwovens, can be developed or adapted to suit specific performance or processing requirements.

www.tfpglobal.com

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