AATCC announces Flammability Symposium

AATCC announces Flammability Symposium

Shining a Light on Flammability in Textile Applications, to be held September 21-22, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina, USA, aims to address numerous topics on textile flammability

Textile combustion can originate from electric arc, actual flame or a variety of other sources of heat. The traditional nomenclature of “flame retardant textiles” is not necessarily the appropriate term to describe today’s textile materials used in the personal protective market, commercial markets, and in a wide range of military applications. There are many textiles that do not contain “flame retardant” chemistries or may not truly be retardant textiles. A fibre, yarn or textile web (woven, knit or non-woven) can be chemically modified, synthesized, or engineered to meet specific requirements as exemplified by the diverse products currently in the marketplace.

The differences in inherent fibre and “topical” treatments need to be explained and expanded upon to be inclusive of all of the additional methods of engineering textiles that resist or retard combustion.

This programme is being developed to address the State-of-the-“Art” or-“Engineering” of this timely topic.

Confirmed presentations to date include:

•             We Had an Accident at our Facility Recently…. —Denise Statham, Bulwark Protective Wear

•             An Introduction to Fire Science and Flame Resistant Fabric Technologies—Drew Child, Milliken & Company

•             Flame Resistant Product Development: A Road Map to Success—Lonnie Braxton, Coats

•             Insights and Perspectives to the Dyeing of Engineered Flame Resistant Fibers and Fabrics—Nelson Houser, M. Dohmen USA

•             Cotton Flammability Issues: An Update—Mary Ankeny, Cotton Incorporated

•             Fire Retardant Coatings—Reggie Didier, GTI Chemical Solutions

•             Water-Based Flame Retardant Nanocoatings from Environmentally-Benign Ingredients—Jaime C. Grunlan, Texas A&M University

•             Flame Resistant Fabrics Testing and Significance—Dominique Adams, TenCate Protective Fabrics

•             Safety of the Home & Work Environment: Focus on Fire Test Methods—Dwayne Sloan, UL LLC

•             Advances in Testing for Thermal Protective Performance Using Instrumented Manikins—Roger Barker, Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC), North Carolina State University

•             Duration and Energy of Hydrocarbon Flash Fires—Drew Child, Milliken & Company

•             A Case Study: Review of Flammability Product Testing, the Similarities and Differences—Ellen Roaldi, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

•             The Industrial Arc Flash Hazard: A Summary of Testing, Requirements, and Relevance—Stacy Klausing, ArcWear

•             Personal Protective Clothing for Firefighters: Where are We? Where are We Going?—Mark Mordecai, Globe Manufacturing Co.

•             “Racing” to Market: Developing FR Products from the End User Perspective—Roger Burdette, TraqGear

•             The Effects of Laundering on FR and AR Materials—Jill Kirby, ArcWear

•             Flame Retardant Applications in Camping Tents and Residential Furniture: Are There Concerns for Human Exposure and Health Effects? – Heather Stapleton, Duke University

•             Flame Retardants: An Overview of Environmental Regulations—Kristin Robrock, Exponent

•             Flame Retardants and CA Prop 65: An Overview and Update on Enforcement Trends and Settlements—Alison Tuzzolino, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services

•             Flame Retardant Textiles and OEKO-TEX® Certification Working Together for Safety, Compliance and Sustainability—Malinda Salter, Hohenstein Institute America

For more information and registration click on the link below.


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