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Fire risks assessment and increase of passenger survivability

Fire risks assessment and increase of passenger survivability

Objective

The project aims for the increase of passenger survivability in the case of fire aboard aircraft focused on the next generation of aircraft. The composite materials and other combustible materials are increasingly used in order to reduce the weight of the aircraft or to higher the passenger comfort, but they raise the fire load significantly. Although these materials have passed the certification tests, it is necessary to study and assess fire risks for relevant areas, specific zones of the aircraft and the entire aircraft. Existing and validated simulation tools will be adapted in the project. Today the simulation of fire propagation and evacuation in aeronautics suffers from lacking data of material properties and fire behavior. Relevant data necessary for the proposed advanced simulation as far as not available will be gained by experiments. Beside the provision of physical and chemical data a sound analysis of existing data bases maintained by aviation authority, airline and aircraft manufacturer in order to identify and classify the relevant fire related scenarios for in-flight and post-crash fires will provide the second basis for the improved simulation. The project will analyze the sensing capacities and deployment of the relevant sensors aboard aircraft and make use of advanced sensor data fusion to increase the overall performances. This together with the results of the simulation of fire propagation will allow recommending improvements for the aircraft operation in case of fire related incidents. Together with the result of the advanced evacuation simulation the results of the project will directly influence the design of the next generation of aircraft with respect to fire prevention and fire management. The consortium composed of aircraft manufacturer, aviation authority, research establishments and universities will undertake the necessary efforts to make the gained knowledge available to all relevant parties to achieve the project objectives.
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Coordinator

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

Address

Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

France

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 901 450

Administrative Contact

Patrice Soullie (Mr.)

Participants (12)

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FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 173 251

AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 88 525

AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 119 959

CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 126 467

HASKOLI ISLANDS

Iceland

EU Contribution

€ 77 627

UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 389 004

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 356 174

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE ROUEN

France

EU Contribution

€ 214 772

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 261 096

THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 271 355

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 209 010

Hagen Consulting & Training GmbH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 32 000

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265612

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2011

  • End date

    30 September 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 238 917,29

  • EU contribution

    € 3 220 690

Coordinated by:

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France