FUNDAMENTAL PROCESSES OF IGNITION AND COMBUSTION RELATING TO FIRES CAUSED BY NUCLEAR DETONATIONS
NAVAL RADIOLOGICAL DEFENSE LAB SAN FRANCISCO CA
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The fundamental processes of ignition and combustion are reviewed to date as part of the OCD program for assessing urban vulnerability to fire from nuclear bursts. Sufficient background information is provided for use in future fire-damage assessments and fire-protection procedures. Included are definitions of the types of ignition and combustion, the factors governing ignition and combustion, and the mechanisms by which fire propagates. The technical material presented serves as background information for determining the importance of each of the parameters governing ignition and combustion, the synergistic effects of interacting parameters, and what additional information is needed on the governing parameters and their interrelations.
- Combustion and Ignition