Accession Number : AD0460272

Title :   INCENDIARY EFFECTS ON BUILDING AND INTERIOR KINDLING FUELS,

Corporate Author : FOREST PRODUCTS LAB MADISON WIS

Personal Author(s) : Bruce,H. D.

Report Date : DEC 1953

Pagination or Media Count : 40

Abstract : This investigation was part of an overall thermal radiation program of the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project conducted to ascertain the thermal effects of atomic weapons. The purpose of this investigation was to obtain sufficient information on those factors which affect the initiation of primary fires to aid in the prediction of probability of primary fires being ignited in urban target areas by atomic weapons. The immediate objective of the combined laboratory and field program, of which Projects 8.11a and 8.11b are a part, was to develop a method by which predictions could be made of the number and distribution of primary fires which may be expected from an atomic bomb detonation over any urban area. This program began with a survey of several selected cities to establish the frequency of occurrence of possible fuels and to develop survey techniques. This phase was followed by a laboratory program in which the more abundant external and internal kindling fuels, as well as selected building materials, were tested for their flammability as indicated by critical ignition energy values. The effect of blast in extinguishing flame was also considered. Field tests served to amplify and corroborate laboratory results. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, FIRES), (*FIRES, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS), URBAN AREAS, BUILDINGS, FUELS, MATERIALS, THERMAL RADIATION, BLAST, FLAMMABILITY, HAZARDS

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE