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Characteristics of Combustion Products: A Review of the Literature (NUREG/CR-2658, PNL-4174)

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Manuscript Completed: January 1983
Date Published:
July 1983

Prepared by:
M.K.W. Chan, J. Mishima
Pacific Northwest Laboratory
Richland, Washington 99352

Prepared for:
Division of Risk Analysis
Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

NRC FIN B-2287, B-2407

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Abstract

To determine the effects of fires in nuclear fuel cycle facilities, Pacific Northwest Laboratory (PNL) has surveyed the literature to gather data on the characteristics of combustion products. This report discusses the theories of the origin of combustion with an emphasis on the behavior of the combustible materials commonly found in nuclear fuel cycle facilities. Data that can be used to calculate particulate generation rate, size, distribution, and concentration are included. Examples are given to illustrate the application of this data to quantitatively predict both the mass and heat generated from fires. As the final result of this review, information gaps are identified that should be filled for fire accident analyses in fuel cycle facilities.

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