Simulated Fires in Substances of Pesticide Type

Berit Andersson, Vytenis Babrauskas, Göran Holmstedt, Stefan Särdqvist, Göran Winter

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In order to characterise fires in chemical warehouses, 38 medium scale experiments have been conducted. The experiments were performed in a 0.66m3 combustion chamber. On-line measurements were made of combustion gases (CO2, CO, HC and NOx), mass loss, smoke, temperatures, external radiation and phi-values. Intermittently gas and soot samples were collected and analysed for content of organic compounds and amount of soot produced. Main variables during the experiments were external radiation, fire diameter, opening configuration and ventilation condition. The medium scale was chosen in order to give a test method which is more convenient to work with, less expensive than full-scale experiments and still rather well simulates the conditions in a real fire.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDepartment of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University
Number of pages95
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1402-3504

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Building Technologies
  • Other Civil Engineering

Free keywords

  • Simulated fire
  • medium scale fire experiment
  • combustion gases
  • combustion products
  • phi value
  • chemicals
  • polymers
  • ventilation condition.


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