Notarianni, Kathy Ann
The Last Call Foundation
A fire attack hose is an essential tool to control and extinguish fires and a lifeline for the firefighters manning it. In order for a firefighter to execute his or her duties in relative safety, their hoses must withstand the harsh environments of the modern day fire ground. Fire attack hoses, while rigorously tested for mechanical integrity, are not tested at a level of heat stress representative of a municipal fire ground. This study developed test methods using conductive, radiative, and flame impingement heat stresses to begin to address this issue. A selection of representative fire attack hoses used for municipal firefighting and candidate high thermal performance materials were subjected to these tests to provide groundwork for the development of a next generation fire attack hose.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Fire Protection Engineering