Nanocomposites with Exceptional Fire Performance (Graphire)


"Lightweight ""composite"" materials, such as carbon- and glass-reinforced plastics, are widely used to improve the performance or efficiency of transport structures. However, when composites are used in confined public spaces, such as aircraft and train interiors, they are required to meet stringent fire requirements. As most composites are inherently combustible, satisfying these fire requirements is generally challenging. In practice it means that the material selection and design options for composites in fire critical applications are currently limited.

This project aims to develop and validate lightweight composite materials that provide a step change improvement in fire performance. This will be achieved through novel combinations of materials, including so-called ""nanomaterials"" such as graphene. The project builds upon recent breakthrough results in which a novel prototype composite material demonstrated an order of magnitude improvement in fire performance. Whilst narrow in their focus, these results were significantly better than those observed previously.

The objective of this project is to extend the development of this breakthrough concept to a broader range of materials with wider market applicability. If successful, this will be to the benefit of both passengers and designers who will be able to enjoy safer, more appealing and more flexible interiors."

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Composites Evolution Limited, Chesterfield £355,841 £ 249,089


Aim Altitude UK Limited, Christchurch £34,189 £ 17,095
Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom £108,674 £ 106,924


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