TBA Protective Solutions
Manufacturer of composites and EMI products.
We were interested in working with the team to research the use of nanotech based fire barriers and conductive thermoplastics.
We are researching how the use of graphene can improve heat dissipation and performance characteristics of fire-barrier materials.
Improving the heat dissipation of our products will allow them to act as fire barriers for longer and manage heat flow with better control.
“The GEIC has provided TBA with a deeper insight and understanding of our novel fire-barrier development products and we look forward to developing our partnership as we engineer advances in this life-saving product, reducing the risks of future disasters.”
We initially engaged through one of the GEIC breakfast events and soon began our project with Paul Wiper and Lisa Scullion from GEIC.
This phase largely involved several meetings and visits from both TBA and GEIC members to understand our products and capabilities and move towards a prototype.
We were able to create fire barrier samples of a size large enough to support a live-fire simulation, which allowed us to really understand how the material would perform.
The teams completed their testing and a full characterisation and analysis report was produced, illustrating where we could see potential product improvements.
A full characterisation of the fire-barrier product was conducted to gain a deeper understanding of how graphene can help increase the tolerance to fire and heat in a real-world environment.
The data and images from the initial piece of work will be used to market the existing product and educate customers.
We are now moving to a phase 2 with the GEIC team to perform large-scale accreditation tests, which will provide confidence and proof of performance.
It will allow us to scientifically demonstrate technological superiority over competition and help us evidence performance to our customers.
We are confident we can bring a product to market within the next 12-18 months.