The Committee on Fire- and Smoke-Resistant Materials for Commercial Aircraft Interiors was established to provide guidance for the FAA mandate to conduct long-term investigations concerned with fire safety, including the fire resistance of cabin materials. The two principal objectives of the committee's task were: 1. to identify promising materials technologies, design issues, and fire performance parameters that, if properly optimized, would lead to improved fire and smoke resistance of materials and components used in aircraft interiors; and 2. to identify long-range research directions that hold the most promise for producing predictive modeling capability, new advanced materials, and the required product development to achieve totally fire-resistant interiors in future aircraft. The findings of the committee have been organized into five chapters, with relevant background information included in the appendices. Chapter 1 introduces the study task and report objectives. Chapter 2 describes the array of design criteria that influence the selection and use of aircraft interior materials. Chapter 3 focuses on the evaluation and prediction of how aircraft materials perform in fires. Chapter 4 addresses the goal of developing substantially improved fire-resistant materials. Chapter 5 presents the committee's conclusions and recommendations for long-term research in fire-resistant materials development.

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    • Committee on Fire- and Smoke-Resistant Materials for Commercial Aircraft Interiors, National Materials Advisory Board, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems.
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    National Research Council

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  • Publication Date: 1995


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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 82 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00723556
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309053897
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication NMAB-477-1
  • Contract Numbers: FAA-93-G-033
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 1996 12:00AM