A theoretical examination of the possibility of spontaneous combustion of laundry in tumble dryers (RAE CHOICE)

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Abstract

Using Semenov boundary conditions, thermal ignition theory is applied to laundered clothing in a tumble dryer. Before the theory could be effectively applied, an analysis of heat transfer from the outside surface of the drum of the dryer to the surroundings was necessary. The final conclusion is that with neither natural nor synthetic fabrics as payload is spontaneous ignition possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-189
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Fire Sciences
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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