Fire protection of flammable materials utilizing geopolmer

James Giancaspro, P. Balaguru, Richard Lyon

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The fire performance of balsa sandwich panels made using an inorganic polymer matrix known as geopolymer was described. By combining this matrix with a lightweight glass powder, a fire-resistant paste was formulated. Two layers of a woven carbon and glass fabric were applied to the balsa core followed by varying thicknesses of a fire-resistant geopolymer glass paste to serve as a fire barrier. The results indicate that a 2 mm layer of the geopolymer glass coating is sufficient to meet the FAA requirements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Sep 29 2004
EventSAMPE 2004 - Long Beach, CA, United States
Duration: May 16 2004May 20 2004


OtherSAMPE 2004
CountryUnited States
CityLong Beach, CA


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Fire Resistance
  • Flammability
  • Sandwich Composites

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Giancaspro, J., Balaguru, P., & Lyon, R. (2004). Fire protection of flammable materials utilizing geopolmer. 1131-1144. Paper presented at SAMPE 2004, Long Beach, CA, United States.