Analysis of combustion of a composite plate
Luby, Robert Emmett, Jr.
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The combustion of a porous graphite fiber plate is analyzed. A transient one-dimensional, mathematical model is utilized to conduct numerous computer tests. The model simulates the thermal response of a porous graphite fiber plate and it is based on appropriate energy equations. Two of the energy equations are based on energy balances conducted on both the porous structure and on the air within the graphite fibers. The third energy equation is based on a mass balance performed on a differential volume of porous medium. A test plan is formulated and computer test runs are conducted to investigate the effects of plate thickness, filament diameter, permeability, porosity and exterior wind velocity on the thermal response of the porous graphite fiber structure. The test results are analyzed and conclusions are presented.
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