Notarianni, Kathy Ann
Fire Protection Engineering Department
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Fire Protection Engineering