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Estimating Fire Growth on Composite Materials in a Corner Configuration.


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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 pp, 2000.

Keywords:

composite materials; fire growth; flammability; heat release rate; infrastructure

Abstract:

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.