Define, Evaluate and Solve Fire Protection Challenges for Military Services

Since its inception, JENSEN HUGHES has specialized in the application of both established and cutting edge fire science knowledge to define, quantify and solve the fire hazard challenges that are unique to military applications.  Beginning with our roots in the US Navy and growing into every branch of the military, JENSEN HUGHES has been at the forefront of military R&D and application of fire hazard analysis tools; fire protection systems; and fire protection, firefighting and damage control doctrine for the US Navy, US Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, US Marines, US Army and US Air Force.

Fire Hazard and Risk Analysis

Picture_Section 1_Sectors_Military and DOD R&D SupportJENSEN HUGHES is the industry leader in the application of fundamental science and engineering principles to fire hazard analysis (FHA) and risk assessment of military platforms and facilities.  JENSEN HUGHES has provided fire protection design and R&D services for nearly every new US Navy, US Coast Guard and Military Sealift command ship class since our formation.  Our scientists and engineers design and execute multi-phase fire research programs with well-defined goals to assess the fire hazard and develop feasible solutions.  In doing so we conduct small, medium and large scale fire tests, utilize computer fire modeling tools, and apply fire risk assessment methods endorsed by the applicable military authority.

JENSEN HUGHES has an in-house fire testing lab and has agreements in place to utilize full-scale fire testing facilities owned by the Naval Research Lab (NRL), Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), and Army Research Lab (ARL).  Our personnel developed the U.S. Navy’s methodology and follow-on computer model FSSIM, the first fire model to be accredited by the U.S. Navy, for predicting fire and smoke spread through a ship following a weapon hit.  The capabilities of FSSIM have been carefully extended such that it can be employed in other multi-compartment structures with complex ventilation, not just ships.  JENSEN HUGHES staff also participated in the development of the manned firefighting response agent-based model.  In addition our engineers are experts in the use of zone fire models and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) based models.

Fire Protection System Development and Design

Picture_Section 2_Sectors_Military and DOD R&D SupportJENSEN HUGHES has been testing and developing fire protection systems for the various branches of DOD since our inception.  This work has addressed such topics as: machinery space fire suppression; primary damage area (PDA) suppression and containment; flight deck fire suppression; submarine fire protection; deployment of fire protection systems to support reduced manning; hangar fire protection; ordnance protection; water mist systems; AFFF/foam systems; gaseous fire suppression; incipient fire detection and smoke control.  JENSEN HUGHES personnel designed and over-saw the installation of the fire suppression systems installed on all of the US Army watercraft through a contract with the DOT (Volpe). In addition, we currently support the USAF on the matter of hangar and hush house fire protection.

JENSEN HUGHES has also developed fire suppression systems for a range of military land based facilities including test labs, industrial plants and aviation facilities. We have extensive experience in adapting/modifying COTS systems (commercial off the shelf) fire protection equipment to meet the unique challenges of military applications. These adaptations have required increases in system capabilities as well as increases in survivability. JENSEN HUGHES personnel were awarded the prestigious RINA/LLOYDS Register Safer Ship Award for work developing survivable fire suppression systems (detection and suppression) for the USN.

Development of Fire Protection, Firefighting and Damage Control Doctrine

Picture_Section 3_Sectors_Military and DOD R&D SupportJENSEN HUGHES has developed or edited various handbooks and doctrine for the military.  We leverage our knowledge gained from fire research and development, full-scale fire testing, fire protection system design, on-site evaluation of existing systems and years of interacting with the actual users to produce comprehensive yet usable documents.  Our contributions include MIL-SPECs, MIL-STDs, MIL-HDBKs, UFCs, fire protection design standards, OPNAV Instructions, Naval Ships’ Technical Manuals (NSTM), and firefighting doctrine.

Related Project Experience

  • Live Fire Test and Evaluation (LFT&E) for various ships – NAVSEA
  • DDG-1000 Magazine Sprinkling Design Research – NRL
  • Insensitive Munitions Fire Research and Testing – NAVSEA
  • T-AKE Fire Hazard Analysis (FHA) – Military Sealift Command
  • FHA, Fire Testing and Fire Modeling of Pipe Insulation Materials – NAVSEA
  • Development of Flight Deck Fire Suppression System – NRL
  • Use of Plastic Pipe for Hangar AFFF Systems – USAF
  • Hangar Water Sprinkler Suppression Tests – USAF
  • Computer Fire Modeling of Weapons Effects Fire Damage – NAVSEA
  • Low-level AFFF Performance and Burnback Resistance – NAVFAC
  • Low-level AFFF Nozzle Design – NAVFAC
  • Optical Detector Tests – NAVFAC and Canadian MOD
  • AFFF Environmental Policy and Criteria Development for Facilities – DoD
  • Uniform Aircraft Hangar Facilities Criteria Handbook – USAF, Navy, Army, USMC
  • Unified Fire Protection Performance Technical Specifications – Navy
  • ABS Naval Vessel Rules Contributions – NAVSEA

Contact Us Today:

Contact us today using our online form or by contacting one of our many regional offices. For specific questions regarding JENSEN HUGHES’ services for Military R&D Supports, please contact:

James A. Bychowski, P.E.
Senior Vice President – Business Development
O: +1 312-879-7200 | C: +1 312-925-1845 | UAE m: +971 50 254 2882