Estimating Fire Growth on Composite Materials in a Corner Configuration.
Estimating Fire Growth on Composite Materials in a
Ohlemiller, T. J.
Bridging the Centuries With SAMPE's Materials and
Processes Technology. Science of Advanced Materials and
Process Engineering Series. Society for the Advancement
of Materials and Process Engineering (SAMPE), 45th
International SAMPE Symposium and Exhibition. Volume 45.
Proceedings. May 21-25, 2000, Long Beach, CA, 1229-1243
composite materials; fire growth; flammability; heat
release rate; infrastructure
Fire growth on the surface of a composite in a vertical
corner configuartion was chosen to represent a
moderately severe test for materials to be used in
infrastructure applications. An approximate model for
predicting the extent of this fire growth is summarized
here. It is based on a bench-scale charaterization of
the material properties and full-scale measurements of
the heate flux pattern imposed by a varied ignition
source. The model predictions for a vinyl ester/glass
composite are compared with full-scale fire growth and
heat release rate data for three sizes of igniter flame,
yielding reasonable agreement.