Fire tests were conducted in a 737 airplane fuselage at NASA-JSC to characterize jet fuel fires in open steel pans (simulating post-crash fire sources and a ruptured airplane fuselage) and to characterize fires in some common combustibles (simulating in-flight fire sources). Design post-crash and in-flight fire source selections were based on these data. Large panels of airplane interior materials were exposed to closely-controlled large scale heating simulations of the two design fire sources in a Boeing fire test facility utilizing a surplused 707 fuselage section. Small samples of the same airplane materials were tested by several laboratory fire test methods. Large scale and laboratory scale data were examined for correlative factors. Published data for dangerous hazard levels in a fire environment were used as the basis for developing a method to select the most desirable material where trade-offs in heat, smoke and gaseous toxicant evolution must be considered.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Boeing Company

    P.O. Box 3707, Commercial Airplane Group
    Seattle, WA  United States  98124
  • Authors:
    • Tustin, E A
  • Publication Date: 1978-10

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  • Pagination: 301 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00197928
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-160119 Final Rpt., D6-48071
  • Contract Numbers: NAS9-15168
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 15 1979 12:00AM