COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CONN
The report details the fire research conducted on board the MV RHODE ISLAND during the week of 25 March 1974. Tests were designed to evaluate the ability of various inflatable life rafts used on commercial vessels to withstand both direct and indirect fire exposure. A number of Coast Guard approved life rafts were subjected to the following fire exposures a direct on-deck exposure b indirect on-deck exposure c direct water surface exposure and d exposure to burning firebrands. The rafts were fitted with thermocouples to measure temperatures at various locations. The rafts and the raft containers performed reasonably well during fire exposure. Certain improvements could be made to the raft container to allow better protection for the raft itself.