Current Areas of Research
Passive Fire Safety
Full scale compartment mockups from current ship design (DDG51) using mil spec materials are exposed to various fine threats. Numerical simulation is used to try to predict the fire growth within the compartment of origin. Products from this program will be appropriate small scale tests for incorporation into material specifications
Active Fire Safety
Tactics and Doctrine for surface ship and submarine for firefighting, flooding and structural damage control are being developed. Navy documentation, such as NSTM & NWPs, is being modified as the lessons are learned.
Fire Suppression Systems
Replacement systems for Halon 1301 are being sought in full scale testing. A mock machinery space is being used of approximately 60,000 ft3. Materials being evaluated include Water Mist and HFP. Additional fire suppression agents such as the application of high expansion foam are also being explored for future shipboard fire protection application.
Future Classes of Ships
Proposed damage control hardware and software for future ships such as LPD-17, CVN 78, LHA 6, DDG 1000, CG(X), JHSV, and JMAC are being developed and evaluated with fleet participation. This includes reduced manning concepts.