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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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