External Opportunity Program: Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
Program Area: Weapon Systems and Platforms
Objective of Proposed Work:
The objective of this Statement of Need (SON) is to develop novel test methodologies for evaluating the effectiveness of firefighting formulations against realistic threats presented by Class B liquid pool fires. Proposed test methods can address control, containment, edge effects and burn back, as well as other relevant performance characteristics that can be correlated with extinguishment performance on liquid pool fires using a variety of fuel threats, including jet fuel, gasoline and other flammable liquids.
Proposals may focus on characterization of current tests in MIL-PRF-24385 to determine minimum performance requirements that are needed to mitigate fires in operational environments thereby streamlining testing or develop new test methods and/or instrumentation. In addition, proposals are sought to develop new training techniques to reduce the environmental impact of live fire training with foam agents, while maintaining or improving firefighter readiness.
Proposals may conduct bench scale (comparable to 1 ft2 fires) or larger studies.