The project AircraftFire is aimed at an increase of passenger survivability in new generation of aircraft during major fire scenarios such as in-flight fires and post-crash fires.

About AircraftFire

Fire Safety in Aircrafts
For 20 years, the fire threat in aeronautics has been reduced, but more effort is still necessary, particularly for new generation aircraft (e.g. A350 or B787 families) to:

  • reduce the incident/accident rate
  • increase passenger and crew survivability

Because the fire threat can increase for example due to:

  • The weight reduction of new generation aircraft is obtained by substituting flammable composites for aluminium for hull, wing and structure
  • The massive use of polymer and composites increases the fire thermal potential of new generation aircraft
  • Power supply requirements for electronic and avionics equipment increases the fire ignition risks



Main Objectives of AircraftFire

  • To identify the new fire threats in new generation aircrafts
  • To assess the resulting fire risks
  • To improve prevention, protection and procedure efficiency
  • To increase the passenger and crew survivability

Needs of Research

  • To characterise the physical/chemical/thermal properties of composites and polymers aboard aircraft
    • For hull, wing and structure
    • Cabin (carpets, seats,....)
  • To evaluate the evolution of the fire scenarios, the fire growth and the passenger evacuation procedures
  • To model the fire growth and evacuation procedures
  • To give recommendations for the development of efficient industrial technologies through technological breakthroughs in order to improve fire prevention and protection including prompt detection and extinction
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