SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 2007

A Thermal Analysis Method for Measuring Polymer Flammability


A thermal analysis method is presented in which controlled heating of polymer samples and complete combustion of the evolved gases are used to separately reproduce the condensed and gas phase processes of flaming combustion in a single laboratory test. Oxygen consumption calorimetry applied to the combustion gas stream gives the heat release rate history of the sample as a function of its temperature. The maximum rate of heat release and the temperature at which it occurs are polymer characteristics related to .re performance and flame resistance.

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Lyon, Richard, E.
Fire Safety Branch AAR-440, Federal Aviation Administration, William J. Hughes Technical Center, Atlantic City International Airport, New Jersey
Walters, Richard, N.
SRA International, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Stoliarov, Stanislav, I.
SRA International, Egg Harbor Township, NJ
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Developed by Committee: E37
Pages: 101–118
DOI: 10.1520/STP45230S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-6236-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-5616-6