Advances in Decision Sciences

Advances in Decision Sciences / 2002 / Article

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Volume 6 |Article ID 943163 | 27 pages |

Ignition Properties of Thermally Thin Plastics: The Effectiveness of Non-Competitive Char Formation in Reducing Flammability


The retardancy effect of char formation upon the flammability of thermally thin products is investigated. The char is formed in a single-step non-competitive scheme and is assumed to be thermally stable. The criterion for ignition is that of a critical mass flux of volatiles from the solid into the gas phase. Both steady-state and transient formulations of the model are considered. In the high activation energy limit the critical heat flux efficiency in the steady-state model is proportional to c/(1c), where c is the fraction of char formed. In the transient model the efficiency in reducing the maximum heat release rate, average heat release rate, and total heat released is given by c and is independent of activation energy and heat flux. The specific application that we have in mind for our model is piloted ignition in the cone calorimeter.

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