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Extensive test data exist on the ignitability of nonmetallic materials in pure oxygen, but these characteristics are not as well understood for lesser oxygen concentrations. In this study, autogenous ignition temperature testing and pneumatic impact testing were used to better understand the effects of oxygen concentration on ignition of nonmetallic materials. Tests were performed using oxygen concentrations of 21, 34, 45, and 100 %. The following materials were tested: PTFE Teflon®, Buna-N, Silicone, Zytel® 42, Viton® A, and Vespel® SP-21.
autogenous ignition temperature, pneumatic impact, oxygen concentration, nonmetallic materials
NASA Project Manager, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Las Cruces, NM