Consumers have an insatiable appetite for mobile devices and electronic products. And it’s giving the air cargo industry a real headache. Aircraft face serious fire risks by carrying large numbers of lithium-based batteries, many of which are undeclared. These batteries can occasionally self-ignite, but the fire suppression systems on planes can’t yet tackle lithium fires. Keen to help find a solution, we’ve invested heavily in research to design a fireproof air container. The result is a fire-resistant container that can contain a fire for at least six hours, giving the pilot enough time to land and evacuate the plane safely.
How do you contain a fire inside an aircraft container? You use fire-resistant materials that can resist the intense heat of a Class A fire, and you redesign the cover to control the airflow. If a fire starts, the cover will cut off the oxygen flow but allow smoke to escape for detection purposes.
Our fire-resistant containers pass full-scale tests (ISO 19281:2016) and make it safe to transport dangerous goods. That means a Class A fire that starts inside a container can be contained for at least six hours. This gives the crew enough time to make an emergency landing, no matter where the plane is when the fire breaks out.
Undeclared lithium battery cargo and the disregard of safety rules, whether intentional or not, is a sad fact of life. The solution? To design containers that can safely transport these undeclared, dangerous goods in large numbers as part of regular air freight. So that’s what we’ve done.
The combustible nature of lithium-based batteries poses a risk to all aircraft, whether it’s a Boeing 767-300F or an Airbus A330F. Whatever type of plane you use to transport these batteries, we can adapt the size and contours of our fireproof container to suit your operations perfectly.
We are proud to serve a wide range of organisations and industries around the world, from airlines and express carriers to leasing companies and defence organisations.
Yes, that’s no problem at all.
No, the container has been tested for non-declared batteries only and not for large amounts of declared batteries. Nevertheless, FRCs mitigate noticeably the risk of fire spreading in a cargo hold and extend a pilot’s reaction time significantly compared to regular containers.
A Class A fire consists of ordinary combustibles such as wood, paper, trash or anything else that leaves an ash. According to ISO 19281:2016, an FRC must be able to contain a Class A fire for at least six hours to get an official FRC certification.
Repair methods are described in the Component Maintenance Manual of the specific containers. They are no different to regular containers.
Full-scale testing is performed on all containers in this category.
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