FULL SCALE SHIP'S HULL EXPOSURE FIRE TESTS

Fourteen hundred square feet of the hull of the MV RHODE ISLAND was exposed to two JP-5 fires located close to the aft starboard side in order to determine the rate of heat transfer to a steel hulled vessel. During the first fire test a water spray system producing an application rate of 0.12 gal/min/sq ft was employed. The tests were analyzed to predict the results of similar fires on an aluminum hulled vessel. The heat transfer rate to the steel hull ranged from 35000 to 45000 BTU/HR. The water spray limited the initial rate of temperature buildup but its overall effect could not be quantified because of non-uniform water application. The predicted effects of a similar fire on an aluminum hull would be disastrous. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    United States Coast Guard

    Research and Development Center, 1082 Shennecossett Road
    Groton, CT  USA  06340-6096
  • Authors:
    • Richards, R C
    • Vorthman, R G
  • Publication Date: 1976-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 46 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00150814
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CGR/DC-14/76 Final Rpt., USCG-D-97-76
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 30 1977 12:00AM