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fire retardant

[¦fīr ri′tärd·ənt]
(materials)
A chemical used as a coating for or a component of a combustible material to reduce or eliminate a tendency to burn; used with textiles, plastics, rubbers, paints, and other materials. Also known as fireproofing compound.
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A top executive with the cladding panel industry said non fire-rated panel cores are made of low density polyethylene, a petrochemical product that burns within minutes compared to certified fire-retardant panels that repel fire.
However, if the covered wood is exposed to the fire for a long period of time, the fire-retardant layer is eventually destroyed along with its protective function.
Three different fire-retardant chemical formulations were used in treatments: a mixture of BX and BA ([Na.sub.2][B.sub.4][O.sub.7] x 10[H.sub.2]O and [H.sub.3]B[O.sub.3]; BX/BA, 1:1 by weight), MAP (N[H.sub.4][H.sub.2]P[O.sub.4]), and DAP [[(N[H.sub.4]).sub.2]HP[O.sub.4]].
These epoxy-based fire-retardant coatings are either very water resistant or virtually waterproof in both salt and fresh water, in addition to being resistant to most acids and alkali--and they can be molded, vacuum formed, brushed, rolled, sprayed, or applied in any way the user may choose.
Most fire-retardant treatments for wood and plywood are waterborne systems.
The results shown below compare maximum corrosion rates for red phosphorus, bromine, and chlorine fire-retardant wire and cable products on copper targets exposed to smoke after a 50 kW/|m.sup.2~ heat flux in a humid environment.
Recently, an organic phosphate phosphorus-nitrogen-boron multiplex fire retardant called FRW, which stands for fire-retardant wood, was synthesized at Northeast Forestry University, Harbin, China (Wang et al.
Fire performance materials in Japan are classified into three categories: noncombustible material, quasi-noncombustible material, and fire-retardant material.
The key component to the new system is the ultra-effective fire-retardant primer.
Transparent and odourless, the product can be sprayed on "anything that absorbs water", to make the material fire-retardant, said Elshafie.
This is in line with the growing demand for environment-friendly and fire-retardant wall panels.