FIRE RESISTANT ENERGY ATTENUATING MATERIALS FOR USE IN MILITARY VEHICLES
Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) developed new flame, smoke, and toxicity (FST) requirements for energy attenuating (EA) materials based upon subject matter experts from Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and TARDEC’s Automated Fire Automatic Fire Extinguishing System (AFES) for use in U.S. Army Ground System Vehicle (GSV) applications. The current U.S. Army Ground System Vehicles (GSV) flammability standard is Military Standard 1180 (MIL-STD-1180) Safety Standards for Military Ground Vehicles. MIL-STD-1180’s interior flammability resistance requirement is in compliance with FMVSS 302, subset of CFR 49 2012 title 49, Vol 16, Sec 571.302 Flammability of Interior Materials. Military vehicles have larger fire ignition sources which include: improvised explosive devices, igniting combustible materials, hot shrapnel from projectile munitions, electrical fires, engine compartment, and combustible fluids.