Tri-C Fire Academy Contributes to Wildfire Research Project
Study shows potential of using whole-house fire blankets to protect structures
The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) Fire Academy contributed to research that may help save homes and other structures from future wildfires.
Wrapping a building in a fire-protective blanket is a viable way of protecting it against blazes like those that devastated California in 2018, according to findings recently published in Frontiers in Mechanical Engineering.
The study was the first to scientifically assess that method of defense.
Case Western Reserve University professor Fumiaki Takahashi led the project while teaming up with NASA Glenn Research Center, U.S. Forest Service, New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Tri-C.
Researchers tested different fabric materials by using them to shield structures exposed to fires of increasing magnitude. Tri-C helped conduct some of the experiments during live fire training sessions.
Results from the study indicated that existing blanket technology can protect structures from a short wildfire attack: “The whole-house fire blanket is a viable method of protection against fires at the wildland-urban interface,” Takahashi said.
However, for successful deployment against severe fires and in areas of high housing density, technological advancement of blanket materials and deployment methods — as well as multi-structure protection strategies — are needed.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provided funding for the research.
October 17, 2019
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