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Publication Citation: Tropodegradable Halocarbons and Main Group Element Compounds

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Author(s): J D. Mather; R E. Tapscott;
Title: Tropodegradable Halocarbons and Main Group Element Compounds
Published: April 21, 1999
Abstract: Although it is not certain that a ,drop-inŠ chemical substitute (as opposed to a new technology) for halons that can be used in normally occupied areas will ever be identified. there are two promising paths to such an agent. The first is to target bromocarbons with very short atmospheric lifetimes. We refer to these materials as ,Tropodegradable Halocarbons.Š The second path is to develop non-halocarbons-chemicals that are unlike the classic halocarbon agents used in the past (halons) and those halocarbons now being commercialized (HFCs, HCFCs, and perfluorocarbons). We refer to these non-halocarbon materials as ,Compounds of Main Group Elements.Š Herein we discuss projects sponsored by the Department of Defense Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) under the Next-Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program (NGP) to explore these two paths. The initiation of this work was discussed at the Halon Options Technical Working Conference 1998
Citation: Special Publication (NIST SP) - 984-4
Research Areas: Building and Fire Research
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