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Combustion of Polymethylmethacrylate Spheres at Normal and Reduced Gravity (NISTIR 5904)



Jiann C. Yang, Anthony P. Hamins, N Gorchkov, M Glover


Polymer combustion is a highly complicated process where chemical reactions may occur not only in the gas phase, but also in the condensed phase as well as at the solid-gas interphase. The complication arises due to the coupling between the condensed phase and gas phase phenomena. While some polymers form a char layer during combustion, others exhibit swelling, bubbling, melting, sputtering, and multi-stage combustion. The combustion of polymeric materials is related to many applications including solid and hybrid rocket propulsion, and of recent interest, waste incineration.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5904
Report Number


fire research, fire science, polymethyl methacrylate, gravity, combustion, experiments


Yang, J. , Hamins, A. , Gorchkov, N. and Glover, M. (1996), Combustion of Polymethylmethacrylate Spheres at Normal and Reduced Gravity (NISTIR 5904), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 17, 2024)


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Created October 28, 1996, Updated November 10, 2018