FIRE EXPOSURE OF LIFE RAFTS

The report details the fire research conducted on board the M/V RHODE ISLAND during the week of 25 March 1974. Tests were designed to evaluate the ability of various inflatable life rafts used on commercial vessels to withstand both direct and indirect fire exposure. A number of Coast Guard approved life rafts were subjected to the following fire exposures: (a) direct on-deck exposure; (b) indirect on-deck exposure; (c) direct water surface exposure; and (d) exposure to burning firebrands. The rafts were fitted with thermocouples to measure temperatures at various locations. The rafts and the raft containers performed reasonably well during fire exposure. Certain improvements could be made to the raft container to allow better protection for the raft itself.

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Research and Development Center, 1082 Shennecossett Road
    Groton, CT  USA  06340-6096
  • Authors:
    • Kerlin, D J
    • O'Connor, E K
  • Publication Date: 1974-10

Media Info

  • Pagination: 25 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00126030
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CGR/DC-2/75 Final Rpt., USCG-D-58-75
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM