Faculty Advisor

Notarianni, Kathy Ann

Abstract

This research documents the thermal performance of fire-resistant materials for use in the outer jacket of a next generation fire attack hose. Current hose materials, polyester and nylon 6,6, have decomposition temperatures lower than those seen on the fireground. A unique test procedure was developed by the team using a cone calorimeter for its steady state radiative heat source that can simulate conditions seen on the fireground. Ten materials used in other high heat applications were identified and tested using this testing procedure. Results showed that materials can survive flashover and post-flashover conditions while current materials fail prior to flashover. This project is a stepping stone in the discovery and development of material testing for a next generation fire attack hose.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Chemical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

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