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A Finite Element Analysis on the Modeling of Heat Release Rate, as Assessed by a Cone Calorimeter, of Char Forming Polycarbonate

D. Statler, Mid-Atlantic Technology, Research and Innovation Center, and R. Gupta, West Virginia University

During the pyrolysis and combustion of polymers, heat is released and is typically measured with a cone calorimeter to better assess the polymer’s flammability.

Modeling heat release rate, as assessed by cone calorimetry, has not been extensively studied for char-forming polymers, such as, polycarbonate. Here we determine the heat release rate with the help of a one-dimensional transient finite element model using COMSOL Multiphysics.

This model considers the heat and mass transport phenomena taking place throughout the thickness of the polymer and the growing char that is forming during the pyrolysis and combustion reaction. It accurately predicts the heat release rate curve for char forming polycarbonate.

User Comments

Arda Kocaman
Sep 5, 2009 at 7:13pm UTC

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Irwin Wei
Sep 12, 2015 at 11:49am UTC

Very important, Like to see even 2D/3D

DooJin Lee
Feb 2, 2018 at 9:32am UTC

I downloaded the Statler_1_35a.mph file to follow the modeling procedure. While I try to execute file, an error occured since mphbin (geometry file) is not included.

Can somebody help share the geometry file to let the mph file work? Or am I missing something?



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