Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection
Few facilities store as much valuable equipment together as an aircraft hangar. With numerous aircraft, fuel and electrical equipment often housed within a single space, the potential for loss from a fire is huge. One electrical fault could lead to a blaze that causes hundreds of millions of pounds of damage, and puts lives – and the integrity of your facility – at risk.
In this scenario, the best option is often to compartment the hangar using Durasteel. Durasteel walls can be used to span the width of a long hangar building, creating one or more distinct zones. These Durasteel compartmentation barriers isolate multiple aircraft from one another, containing any fires that break out for up to four hours.
Durasteel’s comprehensive fire and blast protection qualities ensure that a fire will not spread between compartments, and that the barriers are not damaged by fuel explosions. Durasteel barriers are fire-rated up to four hours and also tested against hydrocarbon and jet fires, ensuring that even the most extreme blaze is contained during an evacuation and emergency response.
These separate hangar compartments can also include openings, allowing for aircraft to pass between areas. These openings are fitted with fire curtains or roller shutters, which can be set to automatically close in the event of a fire – ensuring that the fire protection offered by the barriers is not compromised.
While aircraft hangar fires are rare, the cost of passive and active hangar fire protection is significantly less than the losses you might otherwise incur. Durasteel fire protection is often cited as an insurance requirement for aircraft hangars, with the mitigation of risk allowing your aircraft and facility to be insured more cheaply.
Previous aircraft hangar fire protection clients have often used this as a way to create additional space within their facility. The addition of Durasteel walls can be an opportunity to add office, storage or administrative areas between hangar compartments, allowing you to better utilise empty space within the hangar itself.
Invicta have had the privilege of working on a number of aircraft hangar fire protection projects, including London Biggin Hill Airport and RAF Valley. Visit our Case Studies page to view some of our previous work, or contact us today to find out what we can do for your business.