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New Coating Could Make the Furniture in Your Home Less Combustible New Coating Could Make the Furniture in Your Home Less Combustible

New Coating Could Make the Furniture in Your Home Less Combustible

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Disturbingly, studies have discovered that today’s furniture is far more flammable than furniture built several decades ago, a problem if your home catches on fire. This discovery has led scientists to seek out materials that will possibly slow down a home fire, giving occupants a chance to exit and firefighters more time to extinguish the blaze.

The mechanical engineering department at Texas A&M has come up with a coating that may do the job. The coating has the potential to cut down on the flammability of the polyurethane foam found in much of the furniture sold today. Best of all, the coating is made from natural elements.

Researchers combined clay nanoplatelets and cellulose nanofibrils to create a coating that they could then apply to the foam. They tested it by first applying it to polyurethane foam, then lighting it afire using a butane torch. The researchers found that when foam was treated with the coating, the fire damage was limited to the surface. The foam underneath remained intact.

According to the team, the coating has a nanobrick structure which serves to drop the temperature of the foam, thereby putting off combustion. It also minimizes the fumes normally emitted by polyurethane. Those fumes would typically serve to feed a fire.

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Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on NYPost.com, PSMag.com, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

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