Faculty Advisor

Rangwala, Ali S.


This project investigates the influence of backing materials on the burning of corrugated cardboard in an upright configuration. After reading and researching about warehouse fires involving cardboard, there is an apparent need for testing on different cardboards and material infused cardboards. The experiments consisted of four different material set ups, duplicating the ignition source and uniform burning that occurs with each material. Cardboard and material backing temperatures were gathered by mounting thermocouples into the cardboard and material backings. Mass loss data from the cardboard was gathered from a load cell and graphed to show steady mass loss rates per unit time. The flame and pyrolysis heights were determined from video footage and calculated through a MatLab program.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering