Yet another factor to consider is FRP laminate construction. Glass content and panel thickness can easily affect the flame spread and smoke values obtained in FR tests. Lastly, it is critically important to test the FRP panel in the configuration it will be used. Otherwise the results will not be representative of actual performance in the application.

Fire retardancy is a critical consideration in many composite applications, so be sure to work hand-in-hand with material suppliers during the design process. This will help ensure the best performance in fire tests, and, ultimately, final use of the product.

Please note that there are many companies that supply resin and other materials to the industry. For a listing of these companies, see the ACMA Buyers Guide or, for ACMA members, the ACMA member directory. Both can be found at www.acmanet.org.

An NFPA 286 room corner burn test on ASTM E84 Class A flame spread index resins.

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