Novel Materials for Improved Fire Safety of Naval Platforms


  1. Veinot, D.E.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Fire at sea has been called "the ultimate nightmare". Ships' damage control teams must respond to fire at sea rapidly and contain or extinguish the fire as soon as possible often under very difficult situations exacerbated by the dense smoke and toxic fumes released as materials burn. Ships carry a considerable mass of combustible materials including interior furnishings, electrical cables and painted bulkheads and deckheads to name a few. Moreover, fire can spread rapidly throughout the ship from one compartment to another along burning electrical cable pathways. The use of construction materials, which are inherently fire resistant, can provide a measure of protection against fire but this is often costly or impossible to do owing to unavailability of fire resistant products. It follows, then, that materials vulnerably to fire will inevitably be present on ships and that any measure that can be used to reduce their vulnerability thus minimizing fire growth would be beneficial to surviving a fire at sea, and, in the case of a warship, possibly critical to mission success. This briefing will describe some of the studies that have led to the development of novel, non-toxic, non-combustible, inorganic intumescent coatings that can be used to retrofit a variety of vulnerable substrates and provide an increased measure of fire resistance. TRUNCATED d
Report Number
DREA-SR-1999-162-PAP-4 — CONTAINED IN CA000150
Date of publication
01 Oct 1999
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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