Flammability of tropical woods—I. Investigation of the burning parameters

Momoh, Musa, Horrocks, Richard ORCID: 0000-0003-1431-058X, Eboatu, A.N. and Kolawole, E.G. (1996) Flammability of tropical woods—I. Investigation of the burning parameters. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 54 (2-3). pp. 403-411. ISSN 0141-3910

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Abstract

The burning parameters such as ignition, burning rate, afterglow, char yield and degradation patterns of 14 tropical woods have been studied. Physical properties such as density, moisture content and sample orientation were examined in order to determine their effects on the burning characteristics. The values for these parameters vary between the selected hardwoods and the results show that they influence thermal properties to a degree. Density, in particular, relates to the ignition and flame spread behaviour although for the denser hardwoods (above 0.6 g m−3) this dependence is less straight forward. These observations are explained in terms of factors such as cellular structure, thermal conductivity and polymeric composition. The afterglow properties and glowing combustion mechanism is discussed in terms of concerted pyrolysis and oxidative stages.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Paper published in ‘Special Issue’ of Polymer Degradation Stability which contains a complete account of the proceedings of the Fifth European Conference on Fire Retardant Polymers which was held in Salford in September 1995.
Divisions: University of Bolton Research Centres > Institute for Materials Research and Innovation
Depositing User: Tracey Gill
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 09:06
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 09:06
Identification Number: 10.1016/S0141-3910(96)00071-7
URI: http://ubir.bolton.ac.uk/id/eprint/1964

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