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Notes: Measuring Foliar Flammability with the Limiting Oxygen Index Method

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Abstract:

This paper stresses the importance of measuring flammability as a combination of ignitability, sustainability, and combustibility in quantitative terms. The Limiting Oxygen Index (LOI) method is selected and evaluated as a means to measure ignitability and sustainability. The results demonstrated that the technique can distinguish small differences in ignitability and sustainability with good precision. This can be useful for assessing the influence of foliage properties such as chemical composition on these two flammability components. The third component of flammability, combustibility, has to be measured by a different technique. For. Sci. 34(2):523-529.

Keywords: Ignitability; combustibility; sustainability

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: Experimental Scientist, National Bushfire Research Unit, Division of Forest Research, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, PO Box 4008, Queen Victoria Terrace, Canberra Act 2600, Australia

Publication date: 1988-06-01

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