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Next Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program: FY2004 Progress.


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Gann, R. G.

Halon Options Technical Working Conference, 14th. Proceedings. HOTWC 2004. Sponsored by: 3M Specialty Materials, Boeing, Chemical Development Studies, Inc., DuPont Fire Extinguishants, Halon Alternative Research Corp., Hughes Associates, Inc., Kidde-Fenwal, Inc., Sandia National Laboratories, SEVO Systems, Next Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program. May 4-6, 2004, Albuquerque, NM, 1-13 pp, 2004.

Keywords:

halon alternatives; halons; fire suppression; droplets; wind tunnels; fire protection

Abstract:

Initiated in 1997, the Department of Defense's Next Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program (NGP) has completed its seventh year of research. The NGP goal is to "Develop and demonstrate 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." Fires and explosions continue to be among the greatest threats to the safety of personnel and the survivability of military aircraft, ships, and land vehicles in peacetime and during combat operations. However, over the past six years, research to identify replacement fire suppressants has declined considerably, within the NGP, domestically and internationally, despite the continuing need. To date no commercial or military aircraft have had their halon 1301 systems replaced, while new systems are being installed in the cargo bays of commercial jetliners. Meanwhile, the international community is continuing to cast an eye on the necessity of maintaining the large halon 1301 reserves and even considering the requirement of a total phaseout. Thus, the demands on research to identify new approaches to aircraft fire suppression are unabated, nor have the demands on the new technologies lessened. NGP technology is already having an impact on aircraft fire suppression systems, and NGP research has generated unparalleled contributions to the published literature, all of which can be obtained via the NGP web site: www.bfrl.nist.gov/866/NGP. Much of the most recent progress is being reported at this Conference.