Aviation Fuel Fire Behavior Study
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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Pool fires of aviation fuels were studied to determine their gross burning behavior, the flame geometry, and the thermal environment generated to provide the information needed for the various aircraft crash fire fighting and rescue applications. Shallow steel pans of up to 8 size in both circular and rectangular geometries were used to contain the fuels. The basic data were obtained first in still air and then the effects of wind and water spray were studied. Quantitative data obtained consists of the significant spectral emission bands of aviation fuel fires, the fuel burning rates, the thermal radiation field and the temperature profiles downwind of the fires. Results show that the radiation depends strongly on the dimensionless distance from the fires distance to pan centerpan diameter and only weakly on the fire size, suggesting the possibility of simple scaling relationship.
- Safety Engineering
- Combustion and Ignition