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.