DVIDS – News – NRL Chesapeake Bay Detachment Fire Science Researcher Receives Top Honors


WASHINGTON – United States Naval Research Laboratory Chesapeake Bay Detachment Fire Protection Researcher John Farley has been awarded the 2020 Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal. The award was received in partnership with Gerard G. Back of Jensen Hughes Inc. for their work evaluating the fire protection effectiveness of new fluorine-free fire-fighting foams (F3s).

The award-winning project, Evaluating the Fire Protection Effectiveness of Fluorine-Free Fire-Fighting Foams, educates end users on alternatives by evaluating the fire-fighting capabilities of class fluorine-free fire-fighting foams. B on fires involving hydrocarbon and alcohol based fuels. Over 165 fire tests were conducted to determine foam application rates and foam discharge densities based on a range of test parameters.

The study underscored the importance of following the listed parameters when applying F3, according to experts at the Fire Protection Research Foundation. The objectives of the study were to determine the fire fighting capabilities of four F3s and a basic formulation of short-chain C6 aqueous film-forming foam. Capabilities examined included control, extinguishing and flashback times as a function of application rate and discharge density for a range of test parameters including fuel type, water type and fuel temperature.

“The experiences gained with this National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Research Foundation project have provided the NRL with important opportunities to gain first-hand experiences in fighting fires with non-foam products. commercially available fluorine, ”said Farley, director of fire test operations at the NRL’s Navy Technology Center. for safety and survivability.

Based on these experiences, NRL then developed an Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) follow-up program sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, WP20-5373 “Development of Fluoride-Free Military Specifications”.

This new ESTCP program has given the NRL additional information to develop a comprehensive set of essential firefighting performance data for new commercially available F3 products. The NRL will use this information to meet the requirements of the Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Authorization Act which requires the DoD to issue a new F3 Military Specification qualification standard for all land-based applications of the NRL. DoD by January 31, 2023.

“As the leading applied research firefighting organization for the US Navy, it is important that NRL remains committed to the development and maintenance of relevant NFPA standards that are used by the community around the world. fire protection, ”Farley added.

Historically, fires with catastrophic consequences have resulted from flammable liquids, and this remains a significant risk to fire protection. These fires can occur in places such as aircraft hangars, spaces on board ships, flammable liquid refueling facilities, or large fuel storage tanks. Class B fire-fighting foams are often used in manual and stationary system applications for vapor suppression and extinguishing flammable liquid fires. Foams form a film and / or bubble blanket on the surface of flammable liquids, which prevent fuel vapors and oxygen from interacting and creating a flammable mixture.

Fire-fighting foams have changed in composition in recent years. The commercial foam industry markets the new F3 as an environmentally friendly alternative to traditional fluorinated foams. The new F3 products were evaluated during OSD ESTCP WP20-5373 to help further validate true firefighting performance capabilities compared to the older fluorinated firefighting foam products that are currently in use by the DoD. .

“Such recognition for the NRL fire protection team is a clear example of how continuous advancements in understanding complex processes, such as fire protection, are quickly applied to important issues,” said Peter Matic, Ph.D., associate director of research. Directorate of Materials Science and Component Technology at LNR. “This work has been done in a manner that is relevant and timely to all communities involved in this critical issue.”

“NRL has made a concerted effort to develop and identify suitable firefighting agents with no potential impact on ozone depletion and global warming for shipboard applications,” said Farley.

NRL’s chemistry division helps prevent fires at sea and is home to the Navy Technology Center for Safety and Survivability. The Center conducts research, development, testing and evaluation on fire and personnel protection, fuels, chemical defense, underwater atmospheres and damage control aspects of survivability of aircraft. ships and aircraft. NRL’s Chesapeake Bay Detachment has facilities for the research and development of fire protection technologies for use on surface fighters and submarines, as well as for the development and testing of new operatives. fire extinguishing.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation, a research affiliate of the NFPA, plans, manages and communicates research on a wide range of fire safety issues in collaboration with scientists and laboratories around the world. The Fire Protection Research Foundation annually awards the Research Foundation Medal for outstanding achievement in fire safety and life safety.

The Foundation Medal for Research recognizes the project completed in the previous year that best illustrates the Foundation’s fire safety mission, the technical challenges that were overcome and a collaborative approach to execution – the brand of all Foundation projects. An awards committee made up of representatives from the Foundation Board, the Research Advisory Committee and technical staff of the NFPA reviewed the abstracts of 18 eligible projects and assessed the staff on how well they meet each of the criteria.

The awards ceremony will take place at the annual NFPA conference in Quincy, Massachusetts in June 2022.

About the US Naval Research Laboratory

The NRL is a scientific and technical command dedicated to research driving innovative advances for the US Navy and Marine Corps, from the seabed to space and in the information realm. NRL is located in Washington, DC with major field sites at the Stennis Space Center, Mississippi; Key West, Florida; Monterey, Calif., And employs approximately 3,000 civilian scientists, engineers and support staff.

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Date taken: 11/18/2021
Date posted: 18.11.2021 13:17
Story ID: 409594
Site: CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Maryland, United States

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