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Production Mechanisms for Carbon Monoxide in Enclosure Fires.


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Pitts, W. M.; Bryner, N. P.; Johnsson, E. L.

Combustion Institute/Central and Eastern States Section. Combustion Fundamentals and Applications. Joint Technical Meeting, 1993. March 15-17, 1993, New Orleans, LA, 102-106 pp, 1993.

Keywords:

carbon monoxide; enclosures; experiments; entrainment; pyrolysis

Abstract:

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.