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Suppression of Simulated Engine Nacelle Fires (NISTIR 5499)



Anthony P. Hamins, D. Baghdadi, P. Borthwick, M Glover, William L. Grosshandler, D L. Lowe, L Melton, Cary Presser


The engine nacelle encases the jet engine compressor, combustor and turbine. A nacelle fire is typically a turbulent diffusion flame stabilized behind an obstruction in a moderately high speed air flow. The most likely source for a fire in the nacelle are leaks in the fuel lines carrying jet fuel or hydraulic fluid, that can feed the fire either as a spray or as a pre-vaporized gas. Temperatures as high as 150 deg C are common in normal operating engine nacelles.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5499
Report Number


fire research, nacelle fires, extinguishment, aircraft fires


Hamins, A. , Baghdadi, D. , Borthwick, P. , Glover, M. , Grosshandler, W. , Lowe, D. , Melton, L. and Presser, C. (1994), Suppression of Simulated Engine Nacelle Fires (NISTIR 5499), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 25, 2024)
Created October 17, 1994, Updated November 10, 2018