Polarized Light Scattering of Smoke Sources and Cooking Aerosols

Published: October 02, 2017


Thomas G. Cleary, Amy E. Mensch


Light scattering data was gathered during experiments conducted in an ANSI/UL 217 test room constructed at NIST to assess the performance of currently available smoke alarms. Smoldering and flaming fires along with cooking experiments were conducted. The light scattering device was configured to measure polarized light scattering characteristics of the fire smokes and cooking aerosols. Results are presented for forward scattering, polarization and asymmetry ratios. The results show a high degree of discrimination between flaming soot and other smoldering and cooking aerosols by a 90o polarization ratio, and to a lesser degree of discrimination considering forward scattering and asymmetry ratios at the chosen angles.
Proceedings Title: 16th International Conference on Automatic Fire Detection (AUBE 17) and Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference (SUPDET 17)
Conference Dates: September 12-14, 2017
Conference Location: College Park, MD
Pub Type: Conferences

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Smokes, cooking aerosols, light scattering
Created October 02, 2017, Updated December 07, 2018