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Lawson, D.I., 1956. PAPER FOR THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF PLASTIC SURGEONS 14TH JULY, 1956, IN SHEFFIELD: THE PROPAGATION OF FLAME OVER TEXTILES. Fire Research Notes 259
Textiles are flexible woven materials. The spinning and weaving processes associated with their manufacture ensure that the finished materials are more or less a well aerated mass with good thermal insulating properties; unfortunately, this leads to conditions which are favourable to ignition and to the propagation of flame. Textiles, being flexible and subject to the usual gravitational forces, usually hang vertically; it is in this position that flame is most readily propagated and the heat transfer from the flame to the unburnt fabric ahead of the flame is greateat.