This paper is in the nature of a tutorial on fire safety. It begins by defining the fire "triangle," the three necessary elements of which are: a source of ignition, fuel and an oxidizer. The oxidizer is normally the oxygen in air but can also be solids, liquids or other gases. The paper goes on to discuss important concepts in fire protection; fire growth; the smoke problem; what protective properties can be found in paints; the fire behavior of closed-foam insulation used inside submarine pressure hulls as a heat and moisture barrier; and the fire performance of cabling insulation. Several challenges to develop new or improved coatings giving greater fire protection are posed.

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  • Pagination: 14p.

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  • Accession Number: 00659201
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM