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Heat shields for aircraft - A new concept to save lives in crash fires.A passenger compartment surrounded by a fire-retardant shell, to protect the occupants long enough for the fire to burn out or for fire-fighting equipment to reach the aircraft and extinguish it, is proposed as a new concept for saving lives in crash fires. This concept is made possible by the recent development of two new fire-retardant materials: a very lightweight foam plastic, called polyisocyanurate foam, and an intumescent paint. Exposed to heat, the intumescent paint expands to many times its original thickness and insulates the surface underneath it. Demonstration tests are illustrated, described and discussed. However, some problems, such as preventing fuselage rupture and protecting windows, must be solved before such a system can be used.
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Reprint (Version printed in journal)
Neel, C. B.
Parker, J. A.
Fish, R. H.
(NASA Ames Research Center Chemical Research Projects Office,Moffett Field, Calif., United States)
Henshaw, J.
Newland, J. H.
Tempesta, F. L.
(Avco Corp. Avco Systems Div., Lowell,Mass., United States)
Date Acquired
August 6, 2013
Publication Date
November 1, 1971
Publication Information
Publication: Astronautics and Aeronautics
Volume: 9
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