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A Study of Reliability of Flight-Vehicle Fire-Protective Equipment

Report Number: ASD TR 61-65
Author: Cary, H.
Author: Easterday, J. L.
Author: Farrar, D. L.
Author: Weller, A. E.
Author: Stember, L. H., Jr.
Corporate Author: Battelle Memorial Institute
Laboratory: Flight Accessories Laboratory
Date of Publication: 1961-09
Pages: 63
Contract: AF 33(616)-7306
Project: 6075
Task: 61074
AD Number: AD0268574

An analysis was initiated of existing firedetection and extinguishing systems to determine deficiencies from a reliability standpoint, and determine design criteria to insure high reliability for use in flight vehicles. A field survey and data analysis were peormend rported on in Phase I of this contract. Since it was concluded that a lack of systems approach was the main contribution to unreliable equipmen thiporlineates an integrated program for achieving reliable fire protection for a flight vehicle. Fire hazards must be identified during a design and hazard study of the preliminary weapon-system design. Materials characteristics must be assessed and a firehazard index estimated. The risks of using or not using a fire-protection system must be studied. A technique for justifying the use of fire-protection equipment is described, as is a means of optimizing fire-detection characteristics.

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