Accession Number:

ADA605190

Title:

Survivability of a Propellant Fire inside a Simulated Military Vehicle Crew Compartment: Part 2 - Hazard Mitigation Strategies and Their Effectiveness

Descriptive Note:

Research rept.

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION EDINBURGH (AUSTRALIA)

Report Date:

2013-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

88.0

Abstract:

A number of combat vehicles carry their propelling charges and high explosive filled projectiles inside the crew compartment. Such arrangements give rise to questions about the prospects of crew survival in an unplanned munitions initiation event owing to cohabitation of the crew with an on-board magazine. DSTO has undertaken an experimental study to investigate this concern. As part of the trial described in Part 1 of this report, the following hazard mitigation strategies were assessed for their effectiveness at reducing the thermal, ejecta and pressure threats posed to the crew by a range of propelling charge fire scenarios two MIL-STD Automatic Fire Suppression configurations personnel clothing configurations and propelling charge storage tube confinement modificaton. Results from the study suggest that the prospects of crew survival could be improved by the implementation of one or more of the hazard mitigaton strategies described within.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Combat Vehicles
  • Escape, Rescue and Survival

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE