Radiative ignition of combustible materials I. Polymeric materials undergoing nonflaming thermal degradation - The critical storage problem

E. Balakrishnan, M. I. Nelson, G. C. Wake

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The critical storage problem for a self-heating combustible material exposed to an external radiative heat source is investigated. The reaction kinetics are defined in terms of a characteristic temperature and an activation energy, linking small-scale experimental techniques to mediumscale flammability tests. The model is nondimensionalised in such a way that material properties of fundamental interest are retained as distinct continuation parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)177-195
Number of pages19
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling
Issue number11-12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1999
Externally publishedYes



  • Cone calorimeter
  • Nonflaming combustion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Modelling and Simulation

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