Full-Scale Fire Testing of Seat Component Materials
FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TECHNICAL CENTER ATLANTIC CITY NJ
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Full-scale fire testing was conducted in a furnished aircraft cabin to compare a currently used thermoplastic material and a new thermoplastic material with low heat and smoke release characteristics used in forming seat components. This testing was conducted due to questions concerning the exemption of seat components from the heat release and smoke requirement mandated for certain large surface area components in the aircraft fuselage. Results of the fullscale testing showed no significant difference in temperatures, smoke levels, or oxygen depletion between the two materials. While carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions were slightly higher with the currently used material, it cannot be concluded that this material was the cause. Based on the overall data, it appears that the small amount of seat component material is not significantly contributing to increased fire hazards. Full-scale fire testing, Thermoplastic, Seat components.
- Commercial and General Aviation
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