Atlanta, GA, Dynamic Modifiers, LLC–A specialty polyolefin polymer compounder has introduced its PAL…VersaCHARTM a new state-of–the-art non-halogenated, low-smoke, light-weight compound where the company will pursue fires, where life-threating exterior and interior building fires are a significant concern, especially during emergency evacuations. The plastic compound is the ultimate of what’s currently available in the flame retardant fire-safety market. Flame causes char bodies to rapidly form on the compound surface, protecting its flat or shaped surfaces against flame and noticeably delaying heat transfer, tested to 1,9500C. The compound has passed ASTM E84 (Class A/1), which includes less than 2.3% of allowable smoke generation limits and producing no flaming drips, and able to match the stringent requirements of UL 94 V-0. This is not a tweak like so many ideas posing as innovation, but a true FR breakthrough.
In addition to the above attributes, the polyolefin compound is light-weight at <1.0 specific gravity, 100 percent non-toxic, including no heavy metals, halogens or VOC’s. It is fully sustainable and yields advantages for LEED’s points in the Green Building Market. Other properties include hydrophobic (water-repellant), printable, extreme chemical resistance and able to be custom-tailored to customers specific needs; including a variety of other properties; e.g. UV or antimicrobial as volume warrants. Best of all, the compound is reasonably priced.
The PAL…VersaCHAR compound can be either extruded or calendered as a film, sheet, coated fabric, molded to shape or over-molded and bonded to most material substrates including metal for corrosion resistance. Typical durometers range from flexible to rigid. Separately an adhesive was created which bonds to many surfaces, including, metal, woven carbon fiber or fiberglass fabric, while the combination provides for extraordinary flame retardancy.