Fire Properties of Pinus densiflora Utilizing Fire-retardant Chemicals based on Borated and Phosphorus (I) – Combustion Characteristics

Hyun Jeong Seo, Wuk Hwang, Min Chul Lee


The combustion and thermal characteristics of fire retardant-treated pine (Pinus densiflora) were evaluated according to the KS F ISO 5660-1 (2003) standard, using a cone calorimeter. The specimens were treated with fire-retardant chemical compounds using pressure-impregnation equipment to reliably impregnate the compounds inside the wood. The heat release rate value of the fire retardant-treated wood specimens showed that the heat release time was delayed. A reduction of the total heat release value can indicate that fire was prevented from igniting in the materials during combustion. The microstructures of natural specimen and treated fire-retardant chemical compounds specimen were determined by scanning electron microscopy. It also confirmed that the pressure-impregnation processing method was effective in comparison to the other treatment methods.


Fire-retardant chemicals; Combustion properties; Heat release rate; Total heat release; Korean Pinus densiflora

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