Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry

, Volume 118, Issue 2, pp 687–693 | Cite as

Analysis of the relationship between MCC and thermal analysis results in evaluating flammability of EPS foam

  • Qiang Xu
  • Cong Jin
  • Yong Jiang


The thermal properties of EPS foam were tested by simultaneous thermal analysis in a nitrogen environment, using a Netzsch STA 449C TG-DSC. Pyrolysis products were characterized using mass spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The flammability of EPS foam was examined using microscale combustion calorimetry. Heat release rate, peak heat release rate, heat release capacity, and some typical temperatures were obtained. The relationships between thermal analysis and MCC were derived from above test results. This could become a significant methodology in establishing the parameters contributing to flammability of polymers.


Microscale combustion calorimetry (MCC) Flammability Expanded polystyrene foam Simultaneous thermal analysis Decomposition 



This research is supported by the Natural Science Fund of China, Nos. 51076065 and 51376093, and the Open Funding from the State Key Laboratory of Fire Science in China, No. HZ2012-KF05. The facilities established by Qing Lan Project of Jiangsu Province Education Department were used in this research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  2. 2.School of Computer Science and TechnologyNanjing University of Science and TechnologyNanjingChina
  3. 3.State Key Laboratory of Fire ScienceUniversity of Science and Technology of ChinaHefeiChina

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