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1 1 chemistry of fire

2 2 fire Definition It is a chemical chain reaction which takes place with the evolution of heat and light.

3 3 Fire triangle

4 4 Essentials of Fire Oxygen Fuel FIRE Heat

5 5 Oxygen Heat Fuel OXYGEN SOURCEHEAT SOURCES Approx. 16% Required Normal air contains 21% of oxygen Some Fuels contains its own oxygen supply GASES To Reach Ignition Temp. Open Flame, the Sun,Hot Surface, Sparks & Arcs, Friction, Chemical Action, Elec. Energy & Gas Compression LIQUIDSSOLIDS Natural Gas, Propane, CO, Butane, Hydrogen, Acetylene, Gasoline, Kerosene, Turpentine, Alcohol, Paint, Varnish, Olive oil, Lacquer Coal, Wood, Paper, Cloth, Wax, Grease, Leather, Plastic, Sugar, Grain, Hay, FIRE TRIANGLE

6 6 Fire Tetrahedron

7 7 Principles of Fire Extinction 1. Starvation Removal of un-burnt material from fire area

8 8 Principles of Fire Extinction 2. Smothering Cutting off the supply of oxygen from fire area

9 9 Principles of Fire Extinction 3. Cooling Removal of heat from the burning material/fire area

10 10 Principles of Fire Extinction 4. Breaking of chain reaction It is a chemical process Fig: Extinguishing mechanism of multipurpose mono-ammonium phosphate dry chemical NH 3 & H 2 O Flame Steam Meta-Phosphoric Acid Ortho-Phosphoric Acid Mono-ammonium phosphate

11 11 Phases of Burning It depends on the following factors i. The amount of time the fire has burnt. ii. The ventilation characteristics of the confining structure iii. The amount and type of combustibles present.

12 12 Three progressives stages of burning Incipient or beginning phase Free burning phase Smoldering phase

13 13 Oxygen Rich Atmosphere Oxygen Deficient Atmosphere

14 14 Incipient or beginning phase Oxygen plentiful Temperature has not built up to high peak Thermal updraft rises, accumulates at highest point Breathing not difficult Fire extinguishments : –Direct application of water at base of fire. Ventilation :not a problem Little steam production

15 15 Free burning phase Fire has involved more fuel Oxygen supply is being depleted Heat accumulated at upper areas Breathing difficult : Masks recommended Fire extinguishments is reaching the area of major involvement Ventilation : Not a definite need Good steam production

16 16 Smoldering phase Oxygen supply not equal to demands of fire Temperature throughout building is very high Normal breathing is not possible Oxygen deficiency may cause back-draft Fire extinguishments indirect method Ventilation : A must Maximum steam production from water fog

17 17 Smoldering phase

18 18 Conduction It occurs only in solids i.e. metallic objects. Convection It occurs both in liquids & gases Radiation It is neither conduction nor convection. These are heated rays emanating from the hot object. Modes of spread of fire

19 19 Conduction Heat energy is passed on from one molecule to the next The molecule vibrates above its mean position Pass on heat energy by colliding with their neighbors The ability to conduct heat varies between materials. Highly ExcitedLess Agitated

20 20 Conduction

21 21 conduction

22 22 Convection When a liquid or gas heated, it expands It becomes less dense The lighter fluid arises being displaced by colder and therefore denser fluid In turn becomes heated and so a circulation is set up Heat energy is carried throughout the fluid by actual movements of molecules.

23 23 Fig: Fire Plume

24 24 Radiation It does not involved any contact between bodies It is independent of any material in the intervening space These are the heated rays, travels in straight line in all directions with same intensity

25 25 Other chemical reactions which produce 1. Combustion (heat & light) 2. Combustion (without heat & light) 3. Combustion ( without heat)

26 26 Rusting of iron

27 27 Types of combustion i.Slow or incipient combustion- in which the amount of heat & light emitted is feeble. ii. Rapid or active combustion- in which a considerable amount of heat & light is emitted within a short time

28 28

29 29 iii. Deflagration - which takes place with a considerable rapidity, evolving heat & light iv. Explosion - is a very rapid combustion with a loud noise within an extremely short time with generation of very high pressure & temperature. Types of combustion…

30 30 Rate of Combustion A rate of combustion or the spread of fire would depends on : The area of solid/liquid in contact with air. The amount of heat generated to raise the temperature of un-burnt portion. The ability of materials to conduct heat away. Atmospheric humidity. Wind velocity. Temperature. Atmospheric pressure.

31 31 CHEMICAL REACTIONS EXOTHERMIC REACTION When heat is liberated in chemical reaction is known as Exothermic Reaction. Ex : N 2 +3H 2 =2NH 3 + H (-24Kcal) C+O 2 =CO 2 + H (-94.5 K cal) Bond Being Broken Heat Liberated

32 32 CHEMICAL REACTIONS… ENDOTHERMIC REACTION When heat is absorbed from the reacting substances is known as Endothermic Reaction. Ex: 2C + H 2 = C 2 H 2 + H (54 Kcal) 3O 2 2O 3 + H (69 Kcal) Heat Absorbed Bond Being Formed

33 33 SPECIFIC SURFACE It is the surface area in square centimeter per gram of that solid substance. Liquids & gases have no specific surface, these two take the shape of container. On the basis of specific surface and fire susceptibility, all combustible solids classified into three : »Tinder »Kindling »Bulk fuel

34 34 SPECIFIC SURFACE TINDER : Solids with specific surface of more than 20 Sq. cm/gm. Tinder can be ignited by match stick. KINDLING : Solids with specific surface of 2 to 20 Sq.cm/gm. Kindling requires a burning tinder for ignition. Ex: Paper Ex: Card Board Ex: Wood Block BULK FUEL : Solids with specific surface of 0.04 to 2 Sq. cm/gm. Bulk Fuel requires burning Kindling for ignition.

35 35 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Flash Point : It is the lowest temperature at which an inflammable substance gives off sufficient vapours, so as to form a momentary flash on application of a pilot flame. Fire Point : It is the lowest temperature at which the heat from the combustion of burning vapours is capable of producing sufficient vapours to enable combustion to continue. The Fire Point is generally above the Flash Point.

36 36 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Ignition Temperature : It is the lowest temperature at which spontaneous combustion can takes place without application of an external heat. Auto Ignition Point : Refers to the temperature to which a substance must reach, before it ignite, in the absence of flame, but in presence of air. Spontaneous Combustion : It occurs as a result of heat generated by the reacting substances without any external heat. e.g. Hot glycerine + Potassium Permagnate

37 37 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Density : The Density of substance is its mass per unit volume. Unit of Density(D) is Kg/m3 or gms/cm3 Ex: Water Kg/m3 or 1 gm/cm3 Mercury gm/cm3

38 38 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Relative Density or Specific Gravity : It is a ratio of the mass of any volume of a substance to the mass of an equal volume of water. Specific gravity, or relative density Material density to the density of water S.G. < 1 floats on water S.G. > 1 sinks in water

39 39 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Vapour Density : It is the ratio of the mass of a given volume of the vapour to the mass of an equal volume of air under the same temperature & pressure. Dense Vapor (V.D. >1) Hazards Choking, suffocation, death Distant ignition possible

40 40 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Vapour Pressure : It is the pressure exerted by the vapour of the liquid at any given temperature. Vapor Pressure Hazards u Pressure  + weakened container  container breaks u Breakup can be very explosive

41 41 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Latent Heat : It is the amount of heat energy required to change the state of a matter without raising the temperature. Latent Heat of Vapourization : It is the heat energy which is absorbed by the liquid at its boiling point, to convert from its liquid state to gaseous state, without raising the temperature. Ex: Water Joules/Kg Latent Heat of Fusion : It is the heat energy which is required to change the state from solid to liquid at melting point of substance without raising the temperature. Ex: Water Joules/Kg

42 42 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Thermal Capacity : The thermal capacity or heat capacity of a body is the heat required to raise its temperature by 1 degree Centigrade. Ex: Water KJ/Kg/degree Centrigrade Heat Energy can be transferred from a place of higher temperature to one at lower temperature. When heat is added to a body the temperature rises. Specific Heat : It is the ratio of thermal capacity of a substance to that of water. Material with low specific heat will heat up more rapidly in fire conditions.

43 43 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Thermal Expansion of Solids : When a solid is heated, it expands in length, breadth & thickness. Solids which are homogeneous expand uniformly. Co-efficient of Linear Expansion : The amount with which unit length of substance expands when its temperature is raised by 1 degree Centigrade is called the Co-efficient of Linear Expansion of the substance. Ex: Steel per degree Centigrade.

44 44 IMPORTANT DEFINITIONS Co-efficient of Cubical Expansion : Solid - it is 3 times the co-efficient of linear expansion. Liquid - only the co-efficient of volume expansion is applicable. Gases - can be measured either as an increase in volume at constant pressure or as the increase in pressure at constant volume. Gas or Vapor

45 45 Any Questions

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