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Production Mechanisms for Carbon Monoxide in Enclosure Fires



William M. Pitts, Nelson P. Bryner, Erik L. Johnsson


Roughly two thirds of all deaths resulting from enclosure fires can be attributed to the presence of carbon monoxide (CO), which is known to be the dominant toxicant in fire deaths. The mechanisms responsible for the generation of high concentrations of CO in fires are poorly understood. A long-term program (Carbon Monoxide Production and Prediction Priority Project) at BFRL is seeking to develop an understanding of and predictive capability for the generation of CO in fires.
Proceedings Title
Combustion Institute/Central and Eastern States Section
Conference Dates
March 15-17, 1993
Conference Location
New Orleans, LA
Conference Title
Combustion Fundamentals and Applications


carbon monoxide, enclosures, experiments, entrainment, pyrolysis


Pitts, W. , Bryner, N. and Johnsson, E. (1993), Production Mechanisms for Carbon Monoxide in Enclosure Fires, Combustion Institute/Central and Eastern States Section, New Orleans, LA, [online], (Accessed July 23, 2024)


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Created March 15, 1993, Updated February 19, 2017