The last century has seen a huge transformation in how we travel. Technological advances mean that we can fly long distances in half the time it took fifty years ago and we now commute by train, boat, car and coach in relative comfort and safety.
This section looks at the development and fire safety issues of modern day transport, highlighting the application of flame retardants for the construction and comfort of passenger travel.
This has largely been made possible thanks to the emergence of new, lighter and technologically advanced materials such as carbon and glass fibres, composite materials and aluminium, as well as malleable, resistant and easily workable plastics, foams and new types of textiles.
These materials have particular properties which not only make them ideally suited for modern functions, but are also highly adaptable and economical. As a result, they are increasingly used in the mechanical, structural and decorative parts of our transport systems.