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Progress Under the Next-Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program (NGP) in 1999.


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Gann, R. G.

Halon Options Technical Working Conference. Proceedings. HOTWC 2000. Sponsored by: University of New Mexico, Fire Suppression Systems Assoc., Fire and Safety Group, Great Lakes Chemical Corp., Halon Alternative Research Corp., Hughes Associates, Inc., Kidde Fenwal, Inc., Kidde International, Modular Protection, Inc., Next Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program, Sandia National Laboratories, Summit Environmental Corp., Inc. and 3M Specialty Materials. May 2-4, 2000, Albuquerque, NM, 3-14 pp, 2000.

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Keywords:

halon alternatives; fire suppression; halon 1301; flame suppression; aerosols; fuel tanks; halons

Abstract:

Halon 1301 (CF3Br) has long been the choice for fire extinguishment in most weapon systems and mission-critical facilities. It is also a potent depleter of stratospheric ozone. As part of its effort to eliminate its dependence on Halon 1301, in FY 1997 the Department of Defense (DOD) initiated its Next-Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program (NGP). Originally a broad-based effort, the scope of the NGP has recently been narrowed: "to develop and demonstrate, by 2005, technology for economically feasible, environmentally acceptable and user-safe processes, techniques, and fluids that meet the operational requirements currently satisfied by Halon 1301 systems in aircraft." Candidate technologies must do well in the following: fire suppression efficiency and reignition quenching, ozone depletion potential, global warming potential, atmospheric lifetime, electrical conductivity, metals non-corrosivity and polymeric materials compatibility, long-term storage stability, low toxicity of the chemical and its combustion and decomposition products, speed of dispersion, safety and occupational health requirements, and compatibility with the host design of the platform. Support for the NGP comes from DOD funding and cost sharing from the participating laboratories. Most of the DOD support has come from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program, with additional support from the Army Tank and Automotive Command. The NGP has just completed its third year of research. This paper highlights the new knowledge gained from the NGP research and the progress made towards the NGP Goal. Much of the NGP findings have appeared in the current and prior HOTWC Proceedings. Additional references appear at the end of this paper and at the NGP website: www.dtic.mil/ngp/.