Presentation on theme: "Progress in Fire Protection Research"— Presentation transcript:
1 Progress in Fire Protection Research NASA GlennProgress in Fire Protection ResearchInternational Aircraft Systems Fire Protection Working Group WorkshopAtlantic City NJ November, 2003Bob McKnight nasa.govAl LinneClarence ChangJennifer Xu
2 Organization- Accident Mitigation Project Accident Mitigation Project Manager -- Bob McKnightFire Prevention Element Manager-Clarence ChangInerting/Oxygen Manager-Clarence ChangFire Safe Fuels Manager-Martin RabinowitzCargo Fire Detection Manager- Gary HunterAdvanced OBIGGS/OBOGS Fuel Tank InertingElevated Flash Point Fuels / FlammabilityLow False Alarm Fire Detection
3 Recent Accomplishments Fuel Tank InertingFlight test planning JSC B-747 Shuttle Carrier AircraftValcor PH II -testing of small scale advanced high temp membraneHoneywell PH II-identified high temp materials and solvents for advanced membrane manufacturing processSecurity program planningFlammability feed-back control sensors, algorithmsParticipation in Air Force Large Aircraft Survivability Initiative (LASI)Low False Alarm Fire DetectionTesting at NISTTesting at Boeing CommercialProposal for hidden fire detecting and locating on technologyElevated Flash-Point FuelsFuel modification concepts identified.
4 Security-Fuel Tank Inerting Background Civil transport aircraft are now subject to what was once only a military threat –MANPADS and Small Arms (Man Portable Air Defense System)Their proliferation has resulted in numerous shoot-downs and close-calls involving civil passenger aircraft.From , 585 passengers and crewmembers of commercial transport aircraft died from MANPADS missile attacks. The attacks brought down 24 aircraft and severely damaged 10. (1) .They have long reach to arriving/departing aircraftKey to the threat is the difficulty of securing the 100 or more square miles of land surrounding civil airports. (2)They use the fuel system against the aircraftThe explosion of a 2 lb MANPADS warhead or impact effects of small arms can induce a far larger explosion of fuel tanks. Moderate damage can be magnified to make the aircraft unflyable.Countermeasures to throw off guidance systems are limitedCountermeasures can be defeated Small arms operate without automatic guidance1. National MANPADS Workshop, Redstone Arsenal AL, 19982. “The Vexing Problem of Protecting Airliners from MANPADS” Aircraft Survivability Magazine, spring 20033. Aircraft Survivability Magazine, spring 2003Figure 1. The five foot long Stinger is seen approaching the C–130 from the rear.(3)Figure 2. The missile’s 2.2 pound warhead detonates inside the engine nacelle.(3)