Results from the first part of an experimental study of flame spread instability are presented. The instabilities were investigated in the NASA drop facilities because the particular instabilities being examined were most pronounced in microgravity, when the influences of buoyancy were minimized. The flame front over thin cellulosic samples broke apart into separate flamelets which interacted with one another and oscillated (frequency ∼ 1 Hz). Different heat-sink backings, which were used to promote flame instability and flamelet productions are examined and described. Preliminary experiments in the NASA 5 second drop tower (Zero-G) drop facility are discussed.

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