The Fire Materials group is unique within the UK research environment and internationally recognised as a major player in the field of fire retardancy and flammability studies. The group has an established track record spanning over many years.

The scope of current research areas includes textile and fibre fire and heat resistance, burning behaviour, novel flame retardant systems for bulk polymers, fire gas analysis, fire retardant mechanisms and associated modelling. The group is developing intelligent fire retardant nanoparticle and encapsulated material systems for use in the most demanding applications such as aerospace, maritime, land transport and protective textile areas.

The major research activities include:

  • Flammability studies of advanced materials
  • Rendering materials flame retarded by physical/chemical modification and novel surface treatments 
  • Fire and mechanical performance evaluation of flame retardant structures
  • Development of fire models