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Smoldering wave-front velocity in fiberboardAuthor(s): John J. Brenden; Erwin L. Schaffer
Source: Res. Pap. FPL-367. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1980: 16 pages
Publication Series: Research Paper (RP)
Station: Forest Products Laboratory
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DescriptionIn fiberboard, the phenomena of smoldering can be visualized as decomposition resulting from the motion of a thermal wave-front through the material. The tendency to smolder is then directly proportional to the velocity of the front. Velocity measurements were made on four fiberboards and were compared to values given in the literature for several substances. Velocities ranged from zero to 4.63 x 10-2 inch per minute (11.8 cm/min). The phenomena of smoldering is also considered in terms of transport processes; a discussion of related literature and theory is provided, culminating in the wave-front propagation model.
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CitationBrenden, John J.; Schaffer, Erwin L. 1980. Smoldering wave-front velocity in fiberboard. Res. Pap. FPL-367. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, 1980: 16 pages
KeywordsFiberboard, smoldering, thermal wave-front, fire tests, flammability
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