Lightweight, Low Cost, High Quality and User Friendly Fire Zone Bulkhead and Overhead Insulation

Period of Performance: 05/15/2003 - 02/28/2004


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Nofire Technologies, Inc.
21 Industrial Ave.
Upper Saddle Rive, NJ 07458
Principal Investigator


Containment of the heat in any fire is crucial to reduce the potential for severe damage and loss of life. This is particularly true for any ship at sea. "Fire Zone" bulkheads and overheads, as defined by regulatory requirements, provide this containment. The Navy requirement MIL-PRF-XXX381 corresponds to the commercial H-30 rating, providing 30-minute protection against hydrocarbon fire spread beyond the boundary. NoFire Technologies is developing an H-30 rated insulation that is approximately 30% thinner and 30% lighter than the currently used insulation. It is easier to install and costs less. NoFire will complete the development of H-30 insulation and perform tests to pass MIL-PRF-XXX381 requirements. The shipbuilding industry, both military and commercial will have a product greatly superior to current insulation used to provide H-30 fire zone protection on board ship. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems has expressed interest in this NoFire product and is committed to assisting in this Phase I qualification effort. The potential benefits of this work is a fire zone bulkhead that complies with H-30 (for military applications) or A-60 (for civilian applications) that is lighter, less expensive, easier to handle, and has reduced airborne particulates as compared to current insulation products