Antimony Trioxide – Did you know?

Antimony trioxide is rated as R40 in the EU (limited evidence of a carcinogenic effect). The US EPA has not given it a carcinogenicity classification. It seems to have little ecotoxicological problem but in some jurisdictions it qualifies as a “heavy metal.” As a synergist for halogenated flame retardants, it is difficult to find alternatives, …

Huntite-Hydromagnesite

Huntite-Hydromagnesite is a natural mineral mined in Greece and Turkey and sold by R.J. Marshall as H-TEC HTMC9. It is an approximately equal mixture of huntite, Mg3Ca(CO3)4, and hydromagnesite, Mg4(CO3)(OH)2∙3H2O, and is dried, crushed, finely ground, and classified to produce a white powder, the majority of its particles having less than 1 micron size. It …

Magnesium Hydroxide Uses and Synergies

In applications above the water-loss range of ATH (i.e., around 200°C), MDH can be used where ATH cannot. They both work by water release (heat sink and fuel dilution) and leave a barrier. Combinations of ATH and MDH often show a better-than-additive effect. In chlorinated polymers with antimony trioxide, magnesium hydroxide generally provides not only …

ATH and Enhancements w/ Zinc Borate

ATH is, by weight and for all applications, the largest flame retardant at this time, although it has been exceeded on a monetary basis by tetrabromobisphenol A. There are two main categories, ground and precipitated. Both varieties have rather similar thermal properties, but differ in their particle size and shape. Both have their origin in …

“Flame Retardants” and “Standard Testing”

The term “flame retardants” should be clearly understood to mean materials (additive or reactive) that deter or extinguish flame propagation under standard laboratory test conditions. The definition set forth by the relevant ASTM terminology subcommittee for a flame retardant chemical is “a chemical which, when added to a combustible material, delays ignition and reduced flame …

What are Halogen Flame Retardants?

By: Jim & Ann Innes In our last post we went over what Flame Retardants (FR) are. Now let’s look at a brief overview of halogen flame retardants. These FR types are currently the largest value in the FR marketplace. They are classic, there are many different products, they are widely used, and they have been …

What are Flame Retardant Additives? (Overview)

By: Jim & Anne Innes Since this is our very first blog, we will present an overview here on the topic of flame retardants as used today in polymers or plastics. Flame retardants are chemical compounds (and there are lots of them covering a broad range of chemistries, each different from the next) either added …

Over 21 years of PVC Smoke Suppressant success.

MAT offers a full line of proven smoke suppressants (SS) for a applications where smoke reduction is required. These products have provided smoke suppressant effectiveness to the high performance PVC market for over 21 years.   APPLICATION EXAMPLES   A key comparison here in addition to the improved ASTM E662 smoke performance is the lower …

Maxfil lowers viscosity, increases filler loading for increased flame retardance

Maxfil is a series of engineered alumina trihydrate (ATH) flame retardant fillers created for maximum filler loadings, extremely low viscosities, increased flame retardance and decreased formulation costs. Using Maxfil MX100, MX104 or MX200 can achieve better glass wet-out, help reduce shrinkage and warpage, while also increasing the ability to achieve UL 94-VO, UL94 5VA and ASTM …