Accession Number : ADA441229


Title :   Evaluation of Submarine Hydraulic System Explosion and Fire Hazards


Descriptive Note : Memorandum rept., Oct 2003-Sep 2004


Corporate Author : NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC CHEMISTRY DIV


Personal Author(s) : Hoover, John B. ; Bailey, Jean L. ; Willauer, Heather D. ; Williams, Frederick W.


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA441229


Report Date : 29 SEP 2005


Pagination or Media Count : 97


Abstract : Although hydraulic fluids are generally considered to be low flammable liquids, it is known that they can be highly flammable and even explosive in the atomized state. Because submarine hydraulic systems operate at high pressures, it is possible that mists could be produced in the event of a system leak. Large-scale tests were conducted aboard the ex-USS Shadwell test platform, under realistic temperature and pressure conditions, to evaluate the magnitude of the hazards. It was found that a significant fire and explosion potential does exist under conditions typical of normal hydraulic system operations.


Descriptors :   *EXPLOSIONS , *SUBMARINES , *HYDRAULIC FLUIDS , *FIRE HAZARDS , TEST AND EVALUATION , MIST , ATOMIZATION , FLAMMABILITY , HIGH PRESSURE , MIGRATION


Subject Categories : LUBRICANTS AND HYDRAULIC FLUIDS
      EXPLOSIONS
      SUBMARINE ENGINEERING
      SAFETY ENGINEERING


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE