Model for the thermal performance of thick composite laminates in hydrocarbon fires

A. G. Gibson*, Y. S. Wu, H. W. Chandler, J. A.D. Wilcox, P. Bettess

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A simple one dimensional model was found to be capable of modeling the thermal profiles in thick polyester/WR and CSM laminates subject to fire tests using the hydrocarbon curve. The most significant term in the model is that of the resin decomposition endotherm, which delays heat conduction through the panel and produces a plateau in the cold response. It was observed that polyester CSM laminates have greater fire integrity than WR ones due to the resin endotherm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-74
Number of pages6
JournalRevue de l'Institute Francais du Petrole
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995


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  • Ocean Engineering

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