AircraftFire Colloquium, 8th-10th July 2014, Brussels, Belgium

This colloquium brings together interested people from science (students and researchers from academia and research centres), from industry (engineers, aircraft designers, parts manufacturers,…) and professionals from or related to public services, who are working in the field of fire safety in aeronautics.

The Context:

For 20 years, the fire threat in aeronautics has been drastically reduced. But in new generation aircrafts the massive use of flammable composites, substituting metallic structural elements, changes the understanding of fire risk, and influences the fire safety approach for passenger and crew safety and survivability during fire incidents.
As recent contribution the FP7 project AircraftFire (AcF) is aimed at the characterisation of the flammability and burning properties of aeronautical composites for fuselage, wings, structures, fuel tanks, cabin materials and their influences on the mechanical behaviour and at the investigation of the effects on in-flight fire growth in the cabin and on passenger evacuation during post-crash fire.

The Objectives:

The first part of the meeting, on July 8th, will provide “Fundamentals and state of the art in fire safety in aeronautics”. Experts from the AircraftFire project will present the main physical phenomena involved in aeronautical fires as well as the experimental and numerical methodologies developed by AircraftFire.
The second part of the meeting, on July 9th and 10th, will be particularly focused on “New issues for fire safety in aeronautics”. Areas such as the fire retardants, the mechanical strength of burning composites and ignition by equipment devices are not in the focus of the AircraftFire project. External experts will share their experience to identify the remaining lack of knowledge and understanding in these domains. An open panel discussions will address topics of aeronautics fire safety related to batteries, seat foam, thermo-acoustic blankets, engine fires, avionics equipment, fuel tank inerting, oxygen threat (masks and fuel cell), firefighting. Presentations outlining the current regulations and the physical aspects of certification tests for the materials complete the holistic approach of this event. Read more: click here: programme and more détails…

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