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A Preliminary Study on the Toxic Combustion Products Testing of Polymers Used in High-Pressure Oxygen SystemsOne likely cause of polymer ignition in a high-pressure oxygen system is adiabatic-compression heating of polymers caused by pneumatic impact. Oxidative _ pyrolysis or combustion of polymers in a high-pressure oxygen system could generate toxic gases. This paper reports the preliminary results of toxic combustion product testing of selected polymers in a pneumatic-impact test system. Five polymers commonly used in high-pressure oxygen systems, Nylon 6/6, polychlorotrifluoroethylene (CTFE), polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), fluoroelastomer (Viton(TradeMark) A), and nitrile rubber (Buna N), were tested in a pneumatic-impact test system at 2500- or 3500-psia oxygen pressure. The polymers were ignited and burned, then combustion products were collected in a stainless-steel sample bottle and analyzed by GC/MS/IRD, GC/FID, and GC/Methanizer/FID. The results of adiabatic-compression tests show that combustion of hydrocarbon polymers, nitrogen-containing polymers, and halogenated polymers in high-pressure oxygen systems are relatively complete. Toxicity of the combustion product gas is presumably much lower than the combustion product gas generated from ambient-pressure oxygen (or air) environments. The NASA-Lewis equilibrium code was used to determine the composition of combustion product gas generated from a simulated, adiabatic-compression test of nine polymers. The results are presented and discussed.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hshieh, Fu-Yu
(Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc. Las Cruces, NM, United States)
Beeson, Harold D.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
January 12, 2004
Subject Category
Chemistry And Materials (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: 37th International Conference on Fire Safety
Location: White Sulphur Springs, WV
Country: United States
Start Date: January 12, 2004
End Date: January 14, 2004
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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