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Report on pre-industrial applications and characterization of FR published!

Report on pre-industrial applications and characterization of FR published!

The LIFE-FLAREX team is pleased to announce the publication of the pre-industrial applications and technical characterization report.

You can download the full public report here:

Deliverable B1 – Pre-industrial applications and characterization of FR

 

Brief summary of the report contents:

Flame retardants (FR) used in the textile finishing industry are often toxic. This is why the main objective of the LIFE-FLAREX project is to study the environmental impact generated by potentially alternative flame retardants, that might be less harmful to the planet.
In this context, LIFE-FLAREX consortium analyzed alternatives and conventionally used FRs, containing halogens (with and without antimony trioxide) or formaldehyde release during the application.

Technical tests are assessed in action B1, firstly at laboratory scale for different textiles used in defined final applications (curtains, upholstery, mattress tickings and bed sheets). After the pre-industrial tests, the most promising applications will be tested at the industrial level in selected companies that participate in the project. The process at the industrial will use the same application parameters with at least 50 m of fabric.

As conventional FRs, LIFE-FLAREX tested decabromodiphenyl ethane with antimony trioxide (DBDPE + ATO) and decabromodiphenyl ethane with melamine cyanurate (DBDPE + MC). An intermediate FR is a halogenated polymeric flame retardant which is applied at the supplier’s facilities. Moreover, different alternative FRs are applied and analyzed on different fabric compositions.

The FR- finished textiles are tested under the specific EU standards. The standards followed are the most common for each of the end-use applications. According to the obtained results of the fire tests and the handle of the FR-products during the application, the concentrations and process parameters are defined and implemented at industrial level.