OSU14-Myths electrical ignition 141013.pdf

Electrical ignition is a major cause of accidental fires. The statistics belie conventional wisdom about electricity and related fires. The process of fire development, the energy associated with the electrical ignition, and the energy associated with the fuels which will burn are common areas of misconception. Even among scientists, there is substantial misunderstanding about energy and how it influences fire and propagation in an electrical system. The paper looks at industry standards, prior publications, science, and laboratory validation to discern the proper process of electrical energy related fires and combustion.

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