Microgravity Flammability Experiments for Spacecraft Fire Safety

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

  • Author: Legros, Guillaume , France

    Université Pierre-et-Marie Curie-Paris, France

  • Author: Minster, Olivier , Netherlands

    ESA ESTEC, Netherlands

  • Author: Tóth, Balazs , Netherlands

    ESA ESTEC, Netherlands

  • Author: Fernandez-Pello, A. Carlos , United States

    UC Berkeley, United States

  • Author: T’ien, James S. , United States

    Case Western Reserve University, United States

  • Author: Torero, Jose L. , United Kingdom

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

  • Author: Cowlard, Adam J. , United Kingdom

    University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

  • Author: Eigenbrod, Christian , Germany

    University of Bremen (ZARM), Germany

  • Author: Smirnov, Nickolay , Russian Federation

    Moscow Lomonosov State University, Russian Federation

  • Author: Fujita, Osamu , Japan

    Hokkaido University, Japan

  • Author: Rouvreau, Sebastien , France

    Belisama R&D, France

  • Author: Jomaas, Grunde

    Section for Building Design, Department of Civil Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

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As fire behaviour in manned spacecraft still remains poorly understood, an international topical team has been created to design a validation experiment that has an unprecedented large scale for a microgravity flammability experiment. While the validation experiment is being designed for a re-supply vehicle like the ATV or Orbital’s Cygnus, a series of supporting experiments are being planned and conducted by the team members. In order to answer the appropriate scientific and engineering problems relevant for spacecraft fire safety, a canonical scenario that can improve the understanding of flame spread, and thus also the modeling thereof, in realistic conditions is described. Some of the parameters governing the flame spread are also identified and their scaling against the dimensions of the test specimen is briefly questioned. Then several of the current and scheduled efforts are presented in terms of their relevance for the flame spread problem. Further, it is explained how the results can be combined to enhance the understanding of fire spread in the real scale configuration and thus improve the fire safety onboard spacecrafts. The results and particularly the ones from the large scale validation experiment are crucial to the ultimate goal of the project, which is the development of predictive tools that should be capable of selecting an adaptive response to fire spread in any manned spacecraft.
Original languageEnglish
TitleProceedings of the 63rd International Astronautical Congress
Number of pages7
Publication date2012


Conference63rd International Astronautical Congress 2012
Internet addresshttp://www.iac2012.org/
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