Fire and Hazardous Testing
Laboratory facilities include four test cells for hazardous testing. Each cell has reinforced concrete walls, a roof designed for over-pressure relief, and observation windows. Three cells are 13 feet by 14 feet by 25 feet; the fourth is 13 feet by 14 feet by 50 feet. These cells provide a safe environment for flame, puncture, and explosion testing.
Each cell has electrical power with explosion-proof receptacles, water, shop air, high pressure air, vacuum, and steam services available. A wide variety of data systems are also available.
Several of these test cells are used for FAA certified fire tests that include cargo liners, seat cushions, fire-proof materials, fire seals, fire detection systems, and fire extinguishing systems. Several different burners are used depending upon the test requirements; SAE AS-401A 6-inch diameter propane burner and two Park Model DPL oil burners set in different test fixtures and calibrated for different requirements. These burners provide controlled reproducible flame conditions from 1200 degrees-F to 2000 degrees-F for fire resistance tests and FAA certification of various fire resistant and fire-proof materials. Data systems provide for a wide variety of test measurements to accommodate customer needs.
The larger cell can be adapted for fire testing which requires backside cooling, preheat, or vibration conditions to simulate accelerated airplane life. The cells can also be used to evaluate fire detection/extinguishing systems and the ignitability and flame propagation of various liquid fuels and materials.
To join the many companies using testing resources available at The Boeing Company, contact the Boeing Technology Services Marketing Manager at 206-662-1478, request a quote online, or e-mail us for more information about our test capabilities.