INVESTIGATION OF THE USE OF PERFLUOROCARBONS AS FIRE SUPPRESSION AGENTS

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 17115
Amount: $498,099.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1992
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Hughes Assoc Inc.
2730 University Blvd W #902, Wheaton, MD, 20902
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
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Abstract
PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL WORK HAS INDICATED THAT PERFLUOROCARBONS MAY BE EXCELLENT FIRE-SUPPRESSION AGENTS. BECAUSE THESE COMPOUNDS ARE NOT OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES, THEIR USE AS HALON 1301 TOTAL-FLOODING, FIRE-SUPPRESSION AGENTS IS QUITE PROMISING. THIS PHASE I EFFORT WILL EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE COMPOUNDS AS FIRE-SUPPRESSION AGENTS AND PERFORM A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THEIR USE AS TOTAL-FLOODING AGENTS TO REPLACE HALON 1301. THE PROJECT WILL ALSO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL FOR THE USE OF PERFLUOROCARBONS AS DIRECT "DROP-IN" REPLACEMENTS FOR HALON 1301 IN EXISTING SYSTEMS. THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE SMALL-SCALE TESTING OF THE SUPPRESSION QUALITIES OF A RANGE OF PERFLUOROCARBONS, AS WELL AS ANALYTICAL WORK ON OTHER ASPECTS OF THE COMPOUNDS RELATED TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT AS TOTAL-FLOODING AGENTS. PRELIMINARY EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL WORK HAS INDICATED THAT PERFLUOROCARBONS MAY BE EXCELLENT FIRE-SUPPRESSION AGENTS. BECAUSE THESE COMPOUNDS ARE NOT OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES, THEIR USE AS HALON 1301 TOTAL-FLOODING, FIRE-SUPPRESSION AGENTS IS QUITE PROMISING. THIS PHASE I EFFORT WILL EVALUATE THE PERFORMANCE OF THESE COMPOUNDS AS FIRE-SUPPRESSION AGENTS AND PERFORM A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON THEIR USE AS TOTAL-FLOODING AGENTS TO REPLACE HALON 1301. THE PROJECT WILL ALSO EVALUATE THE POTENTIAL FOR THE USE OF PERFLUOROCARBONS AS DIRECT "DROP-IN" REPLACEMENTS FOR HALON 1301 IN EXISTING SYSTEMS. THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE SMALL-SCALE TESTING OF THE SUPPRESSION QUALITIES OF A RANGE OF PERFLUOROCARBONS, AS WELL AS ANALYTICAL WORK ON OTHER ASPECTS OF THE COMPOUNDS RELATED TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT AS TOTAL-FLOODING AGENTS.

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