A study was conducted on the problems associated with fires aboard high-performance ships. Basic ship layouts and descriptions were reviewed along with the present firefighting systems. Potential fire problems relating to construction materials, high fuel and payload capacities, gas turbines, and new habitability materials are discussed. Based on the study, it was determined that the state-of-the- art in fire detection and passive fire protection does not offer complete solutions to the fire threat. Present firefighting systems are considered inadequate to combat large fires or fires caused by hostile attack. No backup systems are provided if the existing Halon 1301 system fails to extinguish fires in the machinery spaces. Water is not readily available to combat class A fires throughout the ships.

  • Corporate Authors:

    David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

    Materials Department
    Annapolis, MD  United States  21402
  • Authors:
    • Lugar, J R
    • Rollhauser, C M
  • Publication Date: 1976-2

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  • Pagination: 86 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00136231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MAT-75-46
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2004 12:00AM