Use of the Cone Calorimeter and ConeTools software for development of innovative intumescing graphite systems

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The Cone Calorimeter test method has been one of the most used small-scale fire test method for years now and is at present widely spread over the world. In contrast to many other fire test methods, the Cone Calorimeter provides a range of data with sound scientific basis, which allows a wide range of applications. It can be used for modelling and also for enhanced product development. This paper describes the use of the Cone Calorimeter for the development of new innovative materials in combination with a mathematical model. As example, the cost effective development of an innovative intumescing graphite system for protecting particle board is explained. The performance goal of the project is to obtain the threshold values for a B class in the Single Burning Item (SBI) test method used for the newly developed Euroclass system. The focus of this paper is on the development tools and not on the chemical development of the protective system. During the research it was necessary to develop a new sample holder for the Cone Calorimeter. The results from the project show that the industry can save development time and resources by using the Cone Calorimeter in combination with a simple mathematical model. Copyright (C) 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


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  • Building Technologies
  • Other Civil Engineering


  • modelling, ConeTools, graphite, Single Burning Item, innovative materials, Cone Calorimeter
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-384
JournalFire and Materials
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch