Evaluation of Fire Detection Technology for Suitability in Aircraft Cargo Compartments.
Evaluation of Fire Detection Technology for Suitability
in Aircraft Cargo Compartments.
Cleary, T. G.; Grosshandler, W. L.
NISTIR 6242; October 1998.
National Institute of Standards and Technology. Annual
Conference on Fire Research: Book of Abstracts.
November 2-5, 1998, Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A.,
Editor, 9-10 pp, 1998 AND International Aircraft Fire
and Cabin Safety Research Conference. November 16-20,
1998, Atlantic City, NJ, 1-15 pp, 1998.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
(NTIS), Technology Administration, U.S. Department of
Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.
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fire research; fire science; fire suppression; aircraft
compartments; cargo space; fire detection; evaluation
NIST is assisting the FAA in its research to improve
fire detection in Class C and D aircraft cargo
compartments. Class C and D compartments are
inaccessible in flight. Class C compartments are
required to have detection and suppression systems
installed. almost universally, the fire detection
systems consist of either ionization or photoelectric
smoke detectors. Class D compartments are small in
volume and are not required to have detection and
suppression. However, a proposed rule change will
require that these compartments also be protected within
the near future. The number of aircraft affected by
this proposed change is about 3000, and the attendant
increase in the number of protected spaces will rise
threefold. Adding such a large number of spaces to be
protected will certainly impact the implications fire
detection has on aircraft operation.