Joint Maritime Test Facility (JMTF) Summary Burn Report for FY17
Technical Report,01 Sep 2017,29 Sep 2017
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT NEW LONDON United States
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The Coast Guard Research and Development Center RDC has been conducting fire research at the Joint Maritime Test Facility JMTF since 1972. Most of the testing has occurred on board vessels that were moored next to Little Sand Island in Mobile Bay in Alabama. Starting in 1990, testing for the use of in-situ burning ISB as a response tool for oil spills was initiated using a shallow 50-foot by 50-foot pan. A larger pan 100 feet by 30 feet was built in 1998 and used for the development of a testing guide for fire-resistant boom. This resulted in ASTM F2152 Standard Guide for In-Situ Burning of Spilled Oil Fire Resistant Boom. Testing was completed in 2000 and the facility closed. In 2005, the storm surge from Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the facility.After the successful use of ISB during the Deepwater Horizon Response, some recommendations for the development of improved ISB equipment were identified but no progress made. In 2015, RDC started the refurbishment of the facility and three tests have been performed in partnership with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement BSEE. In 2017, CG RDC installed a wave maker that provides the minimum requirements for an ASTM F1252 test. This is the only known facility in the world that can perform this test.
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