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Evaluating Material Flammability in Microgravity and Martian Gravity Compared to the NASA Standard Normal Gravity TestDrop tower tests are conducted at Martian gravity to determine the flammability of three materials compared to previous tests in other normal gravity and reduced gravity environments. The comparison is made with consideration of a modified NASA standard test protocol. Material flammability limits in the different gravity and flow environments are tabulated to determine the factor of safety associated with normal gravity flammability screening. Previous testing at microgravity and Lunar gravity indicated that some materials burned to lower oxygen concentrations in low gravity than in normal gravity, although the low g extinction limit criteria are not the same as 1g due to time constraints in drop testing. Similarly, the data presented in this paper for Martian gravity suggest that there is a gravity level below Earth s at which materials burn more readily than on Earth. If proven for more materials, this may indicate the need to include a factor of safety on 1g flammability limits.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Oslon, Sandra. L. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Ferkul, Paul (National Center for Space Exploration Research Cleveland, OH)
Date Acquired
August 27, 2013
Publication Date
July 15, 2012
Subject Category
Nonmetallic Materials
Meeting Information
42nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES)(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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