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Flammability Assessment of Materials for Exploration (FLAME)


Types of investigations that can be accommodated:

  • Ignition and flammability study of spacecraft materials in practical geometries and realistic atmospheric conditions.

    Material Ignitability

      • Spark ignition to support EVA suit design.
      • Ignition studies for selection of cabin materials (similar to current NASA test).

    Fire Growth and Spread

    • Improved understanding of early fire growth behavior.
    • Validation of  NASA materials flammability selection 1-g test protocols for low-gravity fires.
    • Validation of material flammability numerical models.

    Fire Suppression

    • Suppression of burning materials by diluents, flow reduction and venting.
  • Facility Capabilities / Approach:

    • Develop FLAME facility  (CIR insert and avionics) to support  multiple solid-material combustion and  fire suppression studies
    • Utilize Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR)
    • Support multiple investigations using common infrastructure:
    • Common interfaces and flow control
    • Removable test sections and sample holders
    • Removable ignition system

     


     
     
     
     
     

     


     

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