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Abstract

The flammability limits of the gaseous pyrolysates obtained from a series of conventional, flame-retarded, and high-performance textile fabrics have been measured, and the results compared. These data have been utilized to develop a fire hazard index associated with the ignitability and combustibility of the gaseous products of thermal degradation as a result of exposure to a high radiative thermal fire load. Generally, it was found that the high-performance fabrics behaved better than the flame-retarded fabrics, which themselves were superior to untreated materials.