Review on chemical reactions of burning poly(methyl methacrylate) PMMA

W. R. Zeng, S. F. Li, Wan Ki Chow

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Chemical reactions of burning Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) are reviewed in this paper although kinetics of thermal decomposition are believed to be fairly simple. Basically, there are three stages in the combustion of PMMA. Firstly, PMMA decomposes to produce monomer methyl methacrylate (MMA). Secondly, monomer MMA decomposes to generate small gaseous molecules that are usually combustible. Finally, these small molecules undergo combustion. Recent studies on the thermal decomposition kinetics and thermal stability of PMMA are also introduced. Results are useful for understanding the heat released of burning PMMA per unit mass of oxygen. Finally, the effects of additives on thermal decomposition are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-433
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Fire Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002


  • Combustion chemistry
  • Intermediate reactions
  • PMMA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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