INVESTIGATION OF THE USE OF PERFLUOROCARBONS AS FIRE SUPPRESSION AGENTS

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$498,099.00
Award Year:
1992
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
17115
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Hughes Assoc Inc.
2730 University Blvd W #902, Wheaton, MD, 20902
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
() -
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
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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