The objective of the project, therefore, was to develop the new, sophisticated modelling techniques required to help in the development and optimisation of new technology fire detection and fire suppression-extinguishment systems. For industry, the development of these techniques would provide the following capabilities and benefits:

The software models to be developed and validated would include the following:

Note that further work would be required to allow the modelling of other alternative agents such as powders and other gases and of alternative structures (e.g. buildings).

There is an immediate need to improve fire detection systems. With the increasing cost of halon, and with depleting halon stocks, the demand for a halon replacement suppression medium is increasing. The aim of the programme, therefore, was to put the Consortium in a position by the end of the programme, to provide an improved fire detection system and an acceptable halon replacement suppressant in the form of water mist. This time scale was commensurate with market demand within the airline industry.