Evaluation of Suppression of Synthetic Paraffinic Kerosene (SPK) Fuel Fires with Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)
Interim rept. 14 Feb-29 May 2008
APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES INC TYNDALL AFB FL
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Synthetic fuels have been selected as an alternative energy source to petroleum-based fuels by the United States Air Force USAF and have been recently performance tested in both aircraft and ground vehicles by the USAF. Pending successful evaluation, the wide spread usage of these fuels is expected to increase throughout the military in the near future. In response to this transition, the USAF Fire Panel requested the Air Force Research Laboratory Fire Research Team AFRLRXQD to evaluate the extinguishment performance of Aqueous Film-Forming Foam AFFF on synthetic fuel fires to aid Air Force firefighters response to an incident. Results show that AFFF can extinguish synthetic fuel fires with the same level of success as compared to conventional fuel fires. Consequently, USAF fire protection services will not have to make significant modifications to fire fighting equipment or procedures when combating synthetic fuel spill fires.
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