Aircraft fire and cabin safety research conference to be held in October 2016


The 8th Triennial International Aircraft Fire and Cabin Safety Research Conference will be held at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, on October 24-27, 2016.

The conference aims to inform the international aviation community about recent, ongoing and planned research in transport-category aircraft fire and cabin safety. The conference is jointly sponsored by the FAA, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority, EASA and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.

The cabin safety evacuation and operational issues sessions of the conference will comprise studies related to inflight safety and crash/post-crash survivability. Traditionally, research topics have included exit and escape slide performance, aircraft interior arrangements, water survival equipment standards, cabin crew procedures, passenger education and evacuation computer modeling, presented by researchers from around the world.

The crash dynamics sessions will include studies focusing on aircraft-level crash impact performance, as well as studies that address new and emerging occupant injury criteria. These sessions will also include studies regarding the use of analytical modeling in various aspects of occupant protection, particularly where gathering statistically meaningful empirical data is difficult. Previous conference sessions have addressed ditching behavior, the energy absorption characteristics of non-metallic materials, human tolerance to high levels of lateral loading and many other topics.

The fire safety sessions will include presentations on research in lithium battery fire hazards and mitigation, engine/powerplant fire protection, cabin/cockpit fires, magnesium use in aircraft cabins, fire test method development (interior materials), cargo fire protection and advanced fire research. Previous conference sessions have addressed battery fires, development of new test methods for Appendix F, fire research projects in Europe, full-scale lithium battery testing, and fire research materials and characterization.

Registration is free and open to anyone with an interest in aircraft fire and cabin safety research. Past attendees have included aviation safety professionals in the areas of engineering, design, operations, maintenance and research. Attendance at the 2016 conference is expected to reach 600-700. Presentation abstracts will be available online a few months prior to the conference date.

February 25, 2016

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