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A Facility and Method for Evaluation of Thermal Protection
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA CREW SYSTEMS DEPT
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The facility described is a fuel fire pit with ancillary equipment and instrumentation to provide for exposure of full-scale, clothed manikins to total flame envelopment under precisely controlled conditions. The method is designed to yield predictions of the proportion of surface area of a living subject expected to be burned under the experimental garment given the same exposure conditions. The ultimate purpose of the procedure is to provide realistic evaluations of the protective capacity of personal gear worn by aircrew personnel subjected to the hazard of fire contact, particularly that occasioned by aircraft in carrier deck crashes.
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