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Thermal Modeling of Carbon-Epoxy Laminates in Fire Environments

McGurn M., Desjardin, P. and Dodd A., 2011. Thermal Modeling of Carbon-Epoxy Laminates in Fire Environments. Fire Safety Science 10: 1193-1205. 10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.10-1193


A thermal model is developed for the response of carbon-epoxy composite laminates in fire environments. The model is based on a porous media description that includes the effects of gas transport within the laminate along with swelling. Model comparisons are conducted against the data from Quintere et al. Simulations are conducted for both coupon level and intermediate scale one-sided heating tests. Comparisons of the heat release rate (HRR) as well as the final products (mass fractions, volume percentages, porosity, etc.) are conducted. Overall, the agreement between available the data and model is excellent considering the simplified approximations to account for flame heat flux. A sensitivity study using a newly developed swelling model shows the importance of accounting for laminate expansion for the prediction of burnout. Excellent agreement is observed between the model and data of the final product composition that includes porosity, mass fractions and volume expansion ratio.

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