Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 341–347 | Cite as

Thermal Degradation and Ignition Characteristics of Clothes Dryer Lint

  • Thomas J. Bajzek
  • Ronald Pape
  • Donald E. Duvall


Lint, which is a normal by-product of the laundering of clothing, is known to introduce a fire hazard and/or contribute to the fuel load in residential fires. Failure analysis of clothes dryers therefore requires an understanding of how dryer lint behaves at elevated temperatures and how the physical condition of lint can be interpreted when testing for potential failure modes. The purpose of this research is to characterize the behavior of dryer lint at elevated temperatures, including its thermal degradation and ignition.


Lint Ignition Thermal degradation Clothes dryer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas J. Bajzek
    • 1
  • Ronald Pape
    • 1
  • Donald E. Duvall
    • 1
  1. 1.Engineering Systems Inc.AuroraUSA

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