IMPROVED FORMULATION OF FIRE FIGHTING AGENTS FOR HYDROCARBON FUEL FIRES
Agency / Branch:
DOD / USAF
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF) is a superior agent for extinguishing hydrocarbon fuel fires. The very elements that contribute to its extinguishing proficiency result in undesirable environmental effects. Since the extinguishment mechanism is not well understood, the Phase I effort will focus on developing governing equations which may be used to predict foam performance on hydrocarbon liquids. This work would then be the basis for fabricating small-scale test apparatus and investigating candidate agents in Phase II. Alternative surfactant and stabilizer compunds which are environmentally benign will be identified in Phase I.
Small Business Information at Submission:
Principal Investigator:Christopher P. Hanauska
Hughes Associates, Inc.
6770 Oak Hall Lane, Suite 125 Columbia, MD 21045
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