Survey of toxic species evolved in the pyrolysis and combustion of polymers
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): I. P. Wagner
Publication Year: 1972

Cataloging Information

  • cellulose
  • combustion
  • fuel types
  • gases
  • pollution
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 38942
Tall Timbers Record Number: 13564
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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From the introduction ... 'In this paper a detailed, general review of the toxic species evolved over a wide range of conditions is given, along with an outline of the physiological responses to the common fire gases and liquids. Published reviews appear to be few1-3; for the most part their objectives were very specific. We first consider the development of a real fire in an enclosure, outlining the steps leading to a toxic atmosphere. The degradation products of a number of important plastics are then examined. An attempt has been made to draw attention to the need for further study of the nature of polymeric additives and a class of high-temperature plastics. Finally a number of conclusions and recommendations for future study are outlined.'

Wagner, I. P. 1972. Survey of toxic species evolved in the pyrolysis and combustion of polymers. Fire Research Abstracts and Reviews, v. 14, no. 1,