Carbon Monoxide Production in Compartment Fires: Full-Scale Enclosure Burns.
Carbon Monoxide Production in Compartment Fires:
Full-Scale Enclosure Burns.
Bryner, N. P.; Johnsson, E. L.; Pitts, W. M.
NISTIR 5499; September 1994.
National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual
Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts.
October 17-20, 1994, Gaithersburg, MD, 53-54 pp, 1994.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-104964
fire research; carbon monoxide; compartment fires; large
scale fire tests; enclosures; generation; natural gas
Recent studies attribute a large percentage of fire
injuries and deaths to the generation of carbon monoxide
(CO) and indicate that in roughly two-thirds of the fire
deaths the fire victims have fatal or incapacitating
levels of carboxyhemoglobin in their blood. A series of
natural-gas fires within reduced- and full-scale rooms
have been designed to improve the understanding of and
to develop a predictive capability for CO formation in
compartment fires. The findings will be used in
realistic fire models and in the development of
strategies for reducing the number of deaths attributed
to carbon monoxide.