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Influence of Polymer Melt Behavior on Flammability (NISTIR 6588)

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Author(s)

Thomas J. Ohlemiller, Kathryn M. Butler

Abstract

As the initial step in a study of the role of polymer melt viscosity in polymer burning behavior, a simpler, non-burning configuration has been examined. Vertical slabs of two types of polypropylene have been subjected to uniform radiative heating on one face. The subsequent melt flow process was monitored by measuring weights, temperatures and flow velocities. A low MW polypropylene flowed freely at temperatures below those for significant degradation whereas a commercial polypropylene of higher MW degraded and gasified extensively. Plans are described for modeling the non-reactive case first.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6588
Report Number
6588

Keywords

fire safety, fire research, flammability, melting, polypropylene, experiments

Citation

Ohlemiller, T. and Butler, K. (2000), Influence of Polymer Melt Behavior on Flammability (NISTIR 6588), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.ir.6588v1 (Accessed July 17, 2024)

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Created March 1, 2000, Updated November 10, 2018