Faculty Advisor

Notarianni, Kathy Ann


Modern day fires are burning hotter and faster than ever before. As a result, fire attack hoses are subjected to more intense conditions and are more likely to fail on the fire ground. Currently, the only test for thermal performance of a fire hose is a conduction test. This project designed, built, validated, and verified a prototype apparatus useful for assessing the performance of a fire attack hose charged with water and exposed to a convective and radiative environment reflecting pre-flashover conditions. Each system of the apparatus was designed and tested to meet set performance criteria. The apparatus was then tested to verify that the results would be repeatable and withstand future testing. The team also determined a matrix of hoses to be tested within the prototype apparatus.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2017


Mechanical Engineering


Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering