- 2001 SEP 09 -


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01-09-08          RTO    0600 hrs, head out to Yarmouth to catch the 1000 hr ferry to Portland, Maine.  No problems in route, the tickets were waiting, and cleared Yarmouth in fog on time.  Had a day room and was able to get in about three to four hours on the computer until the battery went totally flat.  They had promised electric power, but it was only a trickle charge for an electric shaver.  Arrived in Portland at 2100 hrs, cleared US Customs without any problem, and got as far as Portsmouth this evening.  Had made a reservation from Yarmouth by cell phone at the Comfort Inn.  Finished up about 2300 hrs Eastern.

01-09-09          RTO    0600 hrs, headed South to Atlantic City, arriving about 1500 hrs.  Checked into the Days Inn on Tilton Road, and then up the street to the mall to locate batteries for the video cameras.  Don ENNS had already arrived on Saturday, so to supper with him. 









This photo is of Dr. Lyon's cone calorimeter that was the key instrument for the FAA Heat Release Tests.  It is designed to take measurements of materials as they burn.  It determines the time to ignition, the heat required to ignite, the sample's initial weight, the rate of burn and weight loss, the gasses expelled, and the amount of oxygen required to burn, and among other things, the amount of heat provided during its burning.




















This view shows the operational side of the unit where the sample is mounted.  A video is provided to show the unit in operation with a typical sample, and this is the view shown in the video, only with the lights out to show the flame better.






















This photo shows the frame unit that holds the sample of material.  Samples were cut to about 5 x 5 inches in size.  This sample is a piece of the elastomeric duct material or duct joint connectors normally found on one of the three main air moving ducts.




















This photo shows the visual result of the burn test.  While not all of it has burnt, the amount of weight loss indicates the amount burnt, and the gasses and heat factors have been recorded.  Several samples of the same material are burnt to provide an average.




















Another sample of a different material before burning.






















It provided some interesting results when subjected to high heat.





















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