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Heat Release Rate Tests of Plastic Trash Containers.


pdf icon Heat Release Rate Tests of Plastic Trash Containers. (1258 K)
Stroup, D. W.; Madrzykowski, D.

Report of Test FR 4018; FR 4018; 17 p. April 24, 2003.

Keywords:

fire data; fire models; fire tests; heat release rate; heat flux; experiments; debris

Abstract:

Two experiments were conducted to characterize the potential hazard from ignition of nominal 136 L (30 gal) trash containers made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) and loaded with cellulosic debris. Heat release rate was measured as a function of time from ignition using a furniturescale oxygen consumption calorimeter. In addition, total heat flux was measured at a location approximately 1 m from the trash container centerline. The two trash containers were observed to burn in a different manner due to the way the containers melted. In the first test, the container opened up from the top down and had a peak heat release rate of approximately 300 kW. In the second case, the trash container melted and opened from the midpoint in the container down. This resulted in a container that tended to close up instead of open up and yielded a peak heat release rate of approximately 150 kW. Heat release rate and heat flux time histories and photographs are presented for both experiments.