A SURVEY OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF CONTROL METHODS FOR FIRES IN SOME HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL CARGOES

Assessment of fire safety of marine bulk chemical carriers was attempted. Lack of data on quantities, cargo size, and transfer rates hampered the effort and precluded estimation of the range of fire sizes which might be encountered. An even more serious limitation is the lack of data on the effectiveness of fire control agents for the 29 chemicals studied. The available data are tabulated, even though the fire extinguishment information was obtained on scattered, small-scale tests which do not permit reliable scale-up. It is recommended that standard fire control test methods be developed together with standardized test data collecting and reporting methods and that large-scale fire tests be made on chemicals from different families to attempt to develop methods of correlation with small-scale tests results. If a reliable correlation can be developed, small-scale tests could be used in the future with more confidence to both predict behavior of chemical cargoes under fire conditions and to assess large fire extinguishing effectiveness.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • The U. S. Coast Guard's Research and Development Technical representative for the work performed herein was L. J. OLSON.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University Engineers, Incorporated

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  • Authors:
    • Welker, J R
    • West, H H
    • Mento, M A
    • Ice, J N
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 103 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00138523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: United States Coast Guard
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CG-D-64-76 Final Rpt.
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-428355a Tsk 3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1976 12:00AM