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NCJ Number: NCJ 186634   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Flammable and Combustible Liquid Spill/Burn Patterns
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Author(s): Anthony D. Putorti Jr. ; Jay A. McElroy ; Daniel Madrzykowski
Corporate Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
United States of America
Date Published: 03/2001
Page Count: 52
  Annotation: This technical report examines flammable and combustible liquid spill/burn patterns.
Abstract: This investigation attempts to predict the quantity of liquid fuel necessary to create a burn pattern of a given size. Full scale spill and fire experiments were conducted with gasoline and kerosene on vinyl, wood parquet, and carpet covered plywood floors using various quantities of fuel. Spill areas were measured and, for nonporous floors, the results were compared to analytical predictions. Burn pattern areas were correlated with the spill areas, which resulted in a method for predicting the quantity of spilled fuel required to form a burn pattern of a given size. The heat release rates of the fuel spill fires were determined through experiment and compared to an existing reference for burning liquid pools of the same surface area. The peak spill fire heat release rates for nonporous surfaces were found to be approximately 1/8 to 1/4 of those from equivalent area pool fires. The peak heat release rates for spill fires on carpet were approximately equal to those from equivalent area pool fires. The heat release rates can be used as inputs for fire modeling or for evaluating fire scenarios. Notes, tables, references, figures, appendix
Main Term(s): Police
Index Term(s): Testing and measurement ; Arson ; Research methods ; Science and Technology ; Analysis ; Technical assistance reports ; Fire detection ; Arson investigations ; Forensics/Forensic Sciences
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice
National Institute of Justice
Office of Science and Technology
United States of America
Grant Number: 94-IJ-R-004
Contract Number: Project No. 96-002
Publication Number: NIJ Report 604-00
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Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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