A Model Study of the Aircraft Cabin Environment Resulting From In-Flight Fires
NATIONAL INST OF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY GAITHERSBURG MD
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A series of tests were conducted to examine the effect of the ventilation on the environment in an aircraft passenger cabin during an in- flight fire. These tests were run in a reduced scale mockup of an aircraft passenger cabin. A propane burner operating at 10 or 30 kilowatts served as the fire source. The simulated seats and the cabin lining material were both noncombustible. The vertical temperature and gas concentration profiles in the cabin were measured as a function of time. Reversing the normal ventilation flow direction by introducing the forced air at the floor level and exhausting it at the ceiling significantly reduced the measured temperatures and gas concentrations. Opening two 152- by 305-millimeter hatches in the end walls at the ceiling level to the outside air resulted in a significant reduction in the measured gas concentrations. Aircraft, Counterflow, Fire, Heat transfer, Scale model, Simulation, Ventilation.
- Research and Experimental Aircraft
- Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
- Safety Engineering