volume 158, issue 7, P1301-1306 2011
DOI: 10.1016/j.combustflame.2010.11.013
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Sonia Fereres, Chris Lautenberger, Carlos Fernandez-Pello, David Urban, Gary Ruff

Abstract: Ignition of solid combustible materials can occur at atmospheric pressures lower than standard either in high altitude environments or inside pressurized vehicles such as aircraft and spacecraft. NASA's latest space exploration vehicles have a cabin atmosphere of reduced pressure and increased oxygen concentration. Recent piloted ignition experiments indicate that ignition times are reduced under these environmental conditions compared to normal atmospheric conditions, suggesting that the critical mass flux at…

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