DIAGNOSTICS AND TESTING TO ASSESS THE BEHAVIOR OF ORGANIC MATERIALS AT HIGH HEAT FLUX
Pyrolysis of materials at high heat fluxes are less well-studied because the high heat flux regime is not as common to many practical fire applications. The fire behavior of organic materials in such an environment needs further characterization in order to construct models to predict the dynamics in this regime. The test regime is complicated because of the temperatures achieved and the speed at which materials decompose, due to the flux condition. A series of tests has been performed, which exposed a variety of materials to this environment. The resulting imagery from the tests provides some unique insights into the behavior of various materials at these conditions. Furthermore, experimental and processing techniques suggest analytical methods that can be employed to extract quantitative information from pyrolysis experiments.