Burn After Viewing, or, Fire in the Vaults: Nitrate Decomposition and Combustibility

@article{Heckman2010BurnAV,
  title={Burn After Viewing, or, Fire in the Vaults: Nitrate Decomposition and Combustibility},
  author={Heather Heckman},
  journal={American Archivist},
  year={2010},
  volume={73},
  pages={483-506}
}
  • H. Heckman
  • Published 17 November 2010
  • Engineering
  • American Archivist
Although the fire risks associated with nitrate film stock are widely known, understanding of the relationship between nitrate decomposition and combustibility remains weak. This paper surveys the contradictory descriptions of decomposition and combustibility of motion picture film in current archival and safety literature, evaluates their sources, and compares them to descriptions by image stability researchers and chemists. Throughout, the author argues that the dialogue among the archival… 

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