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Ignitability Measurements With the Cone Calorimeter.

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Babrauskas, V.; Parker, W. J.

NBSIR 86-3445; 49 p. September 1986.

Fire and Materials, Vol. 11, No. 1, 31-43, March 1987.

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Order number: PB87-123196


cone calorimeters; ignitability; plastics; radiant ignition; upholstered furniture; wood materials


The Cone Calorimeter is a new-generation instrument developed primarily for making rate of heat release measurements. This instrument, containing a uniform and well-characterized irradiance source, was also seen to be useful for making measurements of radiant ignition on materials. Data have now been collected for a wide range of materials. The effects of various apparatus dependencies are discussed. Also, some comparative data are available illustrating the performance of similar materials in other apparatuses. Finally, for a selected material, Douglas fir particle board, a detailed comparison with an ignition model has been made.