Accession Number : ADA303711

Title :   Investigation of the Properties of the Combustion Products Generated by Building Fires.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 76-Sep 77,

Corporate Author : GEORGIA INST OF TECH ATLANTA SCHOOL OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Zinn, B. T. ; Cassanova, R. A. ; Bankston, C. P. ; Browner, R. F. ; Powell, E. A.

PDF Url : ADA303711

Report Date : SEP 1977

Pagination or Media Count : 106

Abstract : This report describes the research conducted under a National Bureau of Standards grant entitled 'Investigation of the Properties of the Combustion Products Generated by Building Fires.' Eleven polyvinyl chloride and seven polypropylene samples of different compositions have been burned under non-flaming conditions and measurements made of smoke particle size distributions, total smoke particulate mass generated, smoke mean particle diameter, smoke optical density and sample weight loss. Measurements have also been taken for the polypropylene samples burned in a heated ventilation gas. Results show that the characteristics of the smoke particulates and sample weight loss behavior are affected by the presence or absence of different chemical additives for both PVC and polypropylene. Also, the burning and smoke characteristics of the polypropylene samples are influenced by the ventilation gas temperature.

Descriptors :   *POLYPROPYLENE, *SMOKE, *THERMOCHEMISTRY, *POLYVINYL CHLORIDE, *FIRE HAZARDS, *COMBUSTION PRODUCTS, DIAMETERS, OPTICAL PROPERTIES, PARTICLE SIZE, TEMPERATURE, VENTILATION, GASES, MASS TRANSFER, SAMPLING, ADDITIVES, PARTICULATES, HEAT.

Subject Categories : Toxicology
      Polymer Chemistry
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE