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Aviation articles and FAA documents, SAFO’s related to lithium battery fires and fire suppression and containment.

The Lithium-ion Battery Threat – is it real ?

Aviation Incidents Involving Batteries and Battery Powered Devices As of May 19, 2014, 144 confirmed air incidents involving batteries carried as cargo or baggage which have experienced Smoke, Fire, Extreme Heat or Explosion have been recorded since March 20, 1991. (FAA Office of Security and Hazardous Materials Safety) http://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ash/ash_programs/hazmat/aircarrier_info/media/battery_incident_chart.pdf Recalls of Batteries & Battery powered […]

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Aircraft Fire Containment – Fire in the Cabin.

Lithium ion battery fire.

Aircraft Fire Containment Peace of mind while flying in an aircraft is crucial. There is little room for mechanical breakdown or pilot error. There are systems designed and installed in aircraft to prevent or fight fires in critical aircraft systems and infrastructure, for example: extinguishing systems to fight engine fires. But what about aircraft fire […]

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Emergency Fire Containment System Certifications Disclosure

EFCS Certifications Disclosure.pdf Excerpt: The Emergency Fire Containment System has been classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as meeting the criteria to be classified as a carry on item and thus requires no additional certification at this time. Fire Containment Concepts, LLC working with an aviation certification company contacted numerous Federal Aviation Administration District offices […]

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Cold Fire

COLDFIRE GENERAL INFORMATION.pdf Excerpt: Cold Fire is a UL listed Wetting Agent for Class A and B fires [I]. Cold Fire was tested in accordance with UL 162, UL 7 I1 and NFPA 18 requirements for Wetting Agents. Cold Fire is unique; however, in comparison to most wetting agents, as it has the capability to […]

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DOT 4B CYLINDER – Regulations for Cylinders

DOT 4B CYLINDER CFR-2012-title49-vol3-sec178-50.pdf Excerpt: Manufacture. Cylinders must be manufactured using equipment and processes adequate to ensure that each cylinder produced conforms to the requirements of this subpart. No defect is permitted that is likely to weaken the finished cylinder appreciably. A reasonably smooth and uniform surface finish is required.

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Options to the Use of Halons for Aircraft Fire Suppression

Options to the Use of Halons for Aircraft Fire Suppression Systems_2002 Update.pdf Excerpt: This report contains a summary of available fire suppression agents and their properties. The applicability of various technologies for each major onboard aircraft application is assessed. Classes of agents, with presently available agents listed, are recommended for use in the development of […]

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FAA – Extinguishment of Lithium Batteries

Extinguishment of Lithium Batteries (FAA).pdf Excerpt: Fire Risk – Many lithium ion cells have been known to overheat and create a potentially dangerous situation. Extinguishing Agents – Many extinguishing agents are suggested for use against lithium-ion battery fires but there is little data comparing the cooling effectiveness of various agents.

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SAFO 09013 supplement

SAFO09013sup.pdf Excerpt: Lithium Battery Fires. Although lithium is a metal, do not treat a fire involving a small number of lithium batteries as a Class D fire. Halon, Halon replacement and/or water fire extinguishers can be used to control fires involving a small number of lithium batteries, such as found in common portable electronic devices […]

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