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Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) Composite Cylinder Life Extension Research Project

June 20, 2014

This research and development (R&D) project was initiated to assess the risk associated by using the SCBA composite cylinders (DOT FRP-1 and CFFC) at the Municipal Fire Stations beyond their 15 year service life.

This R&D project was developed by PHMSA, Hazardous Materials Engineering and Research Division. The final report for this R&D project includes mechanical (performance) and nondestructive testing (NDT) data and conclusion. The R&D project will be used as basis for equivalent-safety-evaluation (ESE) of these SCBA composite cylinders that may be used beyond their 15 year service life under a certain conditions and operati.onal controls which includes requalification of each cylinder by using Modal Acoustic Emission (MAE) testing. For technical question, contact Mr. Mark Toughiry, 202-366-4545.

Updated: Monday, November 27, 2017