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Suppression of Simulated Engine Nacelle Fires.

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Hamins, A.; Baghdadi, D.; Borthwick, P.; Glover, M. P.; Grosshandler, W. L.; Lowe, D. L.; Melton, L.; Presser, C.

NISTIR 5499; September 1994.

National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts. October 17-20, 1994, Gaithersburg, MD, 7-8 pp, 1994.

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Order number: PB95-104964


fire research; nacelle fires; extinguishment; aircraft fires


The engine nacelle encases the jet engine compressor, combustor and turbine. A nacelle fire is typically a turbulent diffusion flame stabilized behind an obstruction in a moderately high speed air flow. The most likely source for a fire in the nacelle are leaks in the fuel lines carrying jet fuel or hydraulic fluid, that can feed the fire either as a spray or as a pre-vaporized gas. Temperatures as high as 150 deg C are common in normal operating engine nacelles.