A COMPARATIVE TESTING STUDY OF FIRE EXTINGUISHING AGENTS FOR SHIPBOARD MACHINERY SPACES.
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON D C
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Fire tests employing a 735 sq ft bilge area covered with No. 2 diesel fuel within a simulated shipboard engine room structure were conducted. These tests were designed primarily to compare the effectiveness of the new Light Water-Purple-K-Powder system and the Type 5 protein foam presently used aboard ship. Other agents, such as XL-6 protein foam, and carbon dioxide were tested. The effect of using these agents individually on a bilge fire, and also on a simulated 10 gpm fuel line rupture, spray fire, where a fire fighter was required to gain access inside the area and shut off the fuel valve near the fuel spray, was studied. The twinned use of Light Water-PKP as compared to Type 5 protein-PKP on the combined bilge and spray fire was also studied.
- Marine Engineering
- Safety Engineering