Report of Simulated Shipboard Fire Test of Various Paint Systems.
INDUSTRIAL TEST LAB (NAVY) PHILADELPHIA PA
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This report concerns the comparative flammability of various paint systems used or proposed for use in Naval service. Large scale fire tests were conducted on painted panels comprising the overhead, bulkheads and deck of the simulated forecastle and hangar deck structures at the Naval Damage Control Training Center, Philadelphia, Pa. Test exposure in the forecastle was not sufficiently severe to evaluate realistically the relative flammability of the paint films. Thermoelectric fire tests confirmed the fire resistance of the Navy standard fire retardant white and experimental red deck paints, respectively, systems 1 and 5 and demonstrated the flammability of the Navy deck gray, white enamel, vinyl-alkyd combination, and alkyd-chlorinated rubber paints, respectively, systems 2, 3, 4 and 6. The Exposures conducted in the hangar deck demonstated that even thin films 5 mils of inherently flammable paints can be ignited by heat transmitted through a bulkhead or deck and thus could serve as a means by which fire aboard ship may spread from one compartment to those adjacent.
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