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Carbon Monoxide Formation Algorithm (NISTIR 6030)



William M. Pitts


This paper discusses an engineering approach for estimating the generation rate of carbon monoxide (CO) within a room containing a fire. The algorithm incorporates four CO formation mechanisms which have been identified in past investigations.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6030
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fire safety, fire research, carbon monoxide, algorithms, heat release rate, enclosures


Pitts, W. (1997), Carbon Monoxide Formation Algorithm (NISTIR 6030), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 15, 2024)


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Created June 1, 1997, Updated November 10, 2018