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Fires generate two types of fire products in an uncontrolled fashion: heat and chemical compounds. Fires involving industrial fluids vary in the production of heat and chemical compounds due to 1) the chemical structure of the fluid, such as an aliphatic versus an aromatic hydrocarbon, and 2) the geometry or configuration of the fluid fire, such as a spray fire versus a pool fire. This paper illustrates the impact of both chemical structure and configuration on the production of heat and chemical compounds from fires.
combustion, fire chemistry, combustion efficiency, carbon monoxide, particulates
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