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Thermo-chemical degradation of Carbon Fibre Composite materials (CFCs) under intensive heat fluxes has been modelled. The model couples together heat diffusion, polymer pyrolysis with associated gas production and convection through partially decomposed CFCs, and changes in transport properties of the material due to the damage. The model has been verified by laser ablation experiments with controlled heat input. The numerical predictions indicate that the thermal gas transport has a minimaldoi:10.1088/0022-3727/47/38/385301 fatcat:zxco5ftx2zaqjiezrtk7alnl6a