Review the Current Flame Retardant Systems for Polyamide 6, to Develop and Produce a Novel 'Masterbatch' suitable for melt spinning filaments; by means of TGA analysis and vertical flame tests in association with Americhem Europe.

  • Robert Laurent

    Student thesis: Master of Science by Research


    Polyamide 6 is popular engineering polymer used for many applications including filament production via melt spinning. Currently there is no market leading masterbatch suitable for addition at the melt spinning stage used for imparting flame retardant properties. Flaming drips are a common problem and new tighter regulations are causing new additives to be assessed and greater consideration to be taken when developing such product. Flame retardant additives were assessed for dispersion, thermal gravimetric analysis, melt spinning performance, mechanical properties retention and efficacy under DIN 4102-B2 testing. A masterbatch was developed in association with Americhem Europe, masterbatch supplier for the thermoplastic industry in Europe. Although further investigation into certain aspects of the development are necessary to optimise the product.
    Date of Award1 Aug 2016
    Original languageEnglish
    Awarding Institution
    • The University of Manchester
    SupervisorHugh Gong (Supervisor)


    • Polyamide 6
    • Flame Retardant
    • Masterbatch
    • Melt Spinning

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