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Oxygen Partial Pressure and Oxygen Concentration Flammability: Can They Be Correlated?NASA possesses a large quantity of flammability data performed in ISS airlock (30% Oxygen 526mmHg) and ISS cabin (24.1% Oxygen 760 mmHg) conditions. As new programs develop, other oxygen and pressure conditions emerge. In an effort to apply existing data, the question arises: Do equivalent oxygen partial pressures perform similarly with respect to flammability? This paper evaluates how material flammability performance is impacted from both the Maximum Oxygen Concentration (MOC) and Maximum Total Pressures (MTP) perspectives. From these studies, oxygen partial pressures can be compared for both the MOC and MTP methods to determine the role of partial pressure in material flammability. This evaluation also assesses the influence of other variables on flammability performance. The findings presented in this paper suggest flammability is more dependent on oxygen concentration than equivalent partial pressure.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Harper, Susana A.
(NASA White Sands Test Facility NM, United States)
Juarez, Alfredo
(NASA White Sands Test Facility NM, United States)
Perez, Horacio, III
(Lockheed Martin Corp. White Sands, NM, United States)
Hirsch, David B.
(Jacobs Technology, Inc. Las Cruces, NM, United States)
Beeson, Harold D.
(NASA White Sands Test Facility NM, United States)
Date Acquired
January 21, 2016
Publication Date
April 13, 2016
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Symposium on Flammability and Sensitivity of Materials in Oxygen-Enriched Atmospheres
Location: San Antonio, TX
Country: United States
Start Date: April 13, 2016
End Date: April 15, 2016
Sponsors: American Society for Testing and Materials
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Public Use Permitted.
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