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Applications of Molecular Dynamics to the Study of Thermal Degradation in Polymers.


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Nyden, M. R.

NISTIR 5904; October 1996.

National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts. October 28-31, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, 131-132 pp, 1996.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-153514

Keywords:

fire research; fire science; thermal degradation; fire resistant materials; flammability

Abstract:

The flammability of polymeric materials is a major concern which impacts public safety and limits their use in buildings, ships, aircraft and clothing. Unfortunately, the traditional "trail and error" approach to the design of fire resistant materials is not cost effective. This realization has provided an impetus for the research conducted in this laboratory which has focused on using molecular dynamics modeling to identify factors which alter the condensed phase thermal degradation chemistries of polymers in ways which effect a reduction in their flammability.