Plastics Flammability Handbook

Dr. Juergen Troitzsch is the editor and one of the authors of the "Plastics Flammability Handbook", which was first published in German under the title „Brandverhalten von Kunststoffen“ in 1982. The first English edition was published in 1983 and the second in 1990. The third edition has been comprehensively revised and published in 2004 by Carl Hanser Publishers, Munich.

The fourth edition, edited by Juergen Troitzsch and Edith Antonatus, has been be extended, partly rewritten and has been published in March 2021.

Since 2004, many changes have taken place in the fire performance requirements for products used in building and rail vehicles in the European Union, the USA and the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, the ongoing developments in the fields of electrical engineering and cables, furniture and furnishings, as well as the ever-growing interest in topics such as smoke and toxicity of fire effluents, made it necessary to prepare a new edition of this handbook, and are addressed in this fourth, updated and completely revised edition.


  • Part I - Fundamentals

Fire prevention and fires, fire statistics, the burning of plastics, flame retardants and flame-retarded plastics, textiles, smoke development and suppression, smoke and toxicity from fire effluents, combustion toxicology

  • Part II - National and International Fire Protection Regulations and Test Procedures

Regulations and testing, international standardization, building (Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific), transportation (motor vehicles, rail vehicles, ships, aircraft), electrical engineering and cables, furniture and furnishings  

  • Part III - Appendices

Suppliers of flame retardants and smoke suppressants, abbreviations for plastics and flame retardants, flame retardants, chemical names and CAS numbers, journals and books 



J. Troitzsch. New and potential flammability regulations. In: Advances in fire retardant materials, Editors A.R. Horrocks and D. Price, Woodhead Publishing Limited, September 2008. Details

J. Troitzsch. Prescriptive regulations and tests considering the toxicity of fire effluents. In: Fire toxicity, Editors A.A. Stec and T.R. Hull, Woodhead Publishing Limited, March 2010. Details

J. Troitzsch. Fires, statistics, ignition sources, and passive fire protection measures. Journal of Fire Sciences, 2016, 1-28. Volume 34, Issue 3. Details

J. Troitzsch. Flammschutzmittel (only in German). In: Handbuch Kunststoff-Additive, Editors Ralph D. Maier und Michael Schiller, Carl Hanser Verlag München, Oktober 2016. Details

J. Troitzsch. Electrical applications in Internet of things and solutions:Passive fire safety needs and solutions. Journal of Fire Sciences, 2022, Volume 40, Issue 5. Details  

J. Troitzsch. Fire performance durability of flame retardants in polymers and coatings. Advanced Industrial and Engineering Polymer Research, Online 3 June 2023. Details  


Other Publications

Dr. Troitzsch has written chapters on flame retardants and fire tests in several other books, published many articles and reviews. He has presented more than 250 papers at conferences on all aspects of fires, fire safety, plastics, flame retardants and the environment.