Bushfire combustion studies - fuel pyrolysis
Document Type: Book
Author(s): I. S. Walker
Publication Year: 1963

Cataloging Information

  • Australia
  • bibliographies
  • brush fires
  • cellulose
  • combustion
  • decay
  • decomposition
  • Eucalyptus regnans
  • flammability
  • fuel management
  • karri
  • lignin
  • litter
  • temperature
  • volatilization
  • International
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Tall Timbers Record Number: 13812
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TTRS Call Number: Fire File DDW
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From the Summary: 'This investigation forms the initial stages of research into the chemical aspects of combustion in bushfires, which has as its final aims (i) an elucidation of the combustion process at a molecular level and (ii) the mechanisms by which this combustion process can be chemically inhibited. In this work the pyrolysis of the materials constituting a typical eucalypt forest litter bed has been studied under conditions simulating those that exist during a bushfire. The thermal decompotsition of E. regnans heartwood has also been studied under a variety of conditions, in order to examine the effects of pyrolysis temperature, pressure and other variables on the products formed. As a result a picture has been obtained of the vapour phase pyrolysis products (from the fuel) that support the flaming combustion during a bushfire and it has been shown that the tars produced during pyrolysis must be the main supporters of flaming combustion, since over 50% (by volume) of the volatile pyrolysis products are non-inflammable.'

Walker, I. S. 1963. Bushfire combustion studies - fuel pyrolysis. Melbourne, Australia, CSIRO, Chemical Research Laboraties.