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Burning rate of solid wood measured in a heat release rate calorimeterAuthor(s): H. C. Tran; R. H. White
Source: Fire and materials. Vol. 16 (1992). :p. -206 : ill.
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
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DescriptionBurning rate is a key factor in modeling fire growth and fire endurance of wood structures. This study investigated the burning rate of selected wood materials as determined by heat release, mass loss and charring rates. Thick samples of redwood, southern pine, red oak and basswood were tested in a heat release rate calorimeter. Results on ignitability and average beat release, mass loss and charring rates are reported for a heat flux range between 15 and 55 kW m -2. In this range, burning rate increased linearly with heat flux. Burning rate was very species dependent. Heat release rate was related to mass loss by effective heat of combustion, which also increased with beat flux. Charring rate was related to mass loss rate and original wood density. Important char property data such as yield, density and contraction are reported. A simplified calculation method is proposed for calculating mass loss rate and charring rate based on heat release rate.
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CitationTran, H. C.; White, R. H. 1992. Burning rate of solid wood measured in a heat release rate calorimeter. Fire and materials. Vol. 16 (1992). :p. -206 : ill.
KeywordsBurning, Wood, Heat flow, Ignition, Calorimeters, Temperature profile, Fire effects, Wood properties
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