FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS
Fire protection is of fundamental importance to all habitable structures but even more so for transportation systems, be it land, sea or air vehicles. However, of these three forms of transport, the risk of fire onboard an aircraft or rotorcraft can have far reaching effects and therefore a fire protection system is paramount for crew, passengers and the integrity of the structure.
ESI has been very active in this field of fire protection and has developed an Intelligent Fire Protection System (IFPS) that offers a unique approach to fire protection enabling rapid detection and extinguishment of a fire. The use of an innovative delivery technology coupled with artificial intelligence has provided the ESI system to:-
Reduce the amount of fire and heat damage experienced by surrounding elements.
Eliminate the need to carry large quantities of agent onboard transportation vehicles.
Enable platforms to eliminate heavy and costly air-managed doors and systems needed to achieve the required fire suppressant concentration.
Address re-lights or additional fires.
Reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere.
To-date, over 500 flammable fluid fires have been evaluated in our simulators, including fires with and without internal airflow, and the IFPS has successfully extinguished spray fires created with 350 GPH of aviation fuel. Fires of this magnitude were detected and extinguished in less than 925 milliseconds, and used less than 400 gms (14 ounces) of fire suppressant agent. Furthermore, fires that were initiated with 8 GPH of fuel spray were extinguished in less than 300 milliseconds using less than 5.7 gms (0.2 ounces) of suppressant agent.
The following buttons provide evidence of the capabilities of our IFPS in three different scenarios with the suppressant agent carried within the fire protection system.