The aim of this Efficiency Enhancement of Class-A Foams by Means of Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for Self-Organising Swarms of Autonomous UAV project from Coventry University is to design an efficient suppressant to be carried by autonomous firefighting UAVs.
Nanoparticles will be incorporated into Class-A foams to further enhance their cooling and coating actions whilst potentially also having a catalytic effect. Nanoparticles will be synthesised, characterised and incorporated to the foam. The enhanced suppressant will then be tested, modelled and coupled with an existing model of self-organising swarms of UAVs for initial simulation-based tests. Field tests will be carried out later as a combined effort between the AVAILab (Coventry University), the Imperial HazeLab (Imperial College) and the Pau Costa Foundation (Spain).
The Forestry Commission predicts that destructive wildfires will increase in frequency and severity due to increased land-use pressure and climate change. Therefore, the development of more effective and safer means to fight their propagation is of utmost importance.
During the first few minutes of the start of a wildfire, there is a containment window. A swarm of self-organising Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) may be quickly deployed in any terrain to suppress the fire autonomously before the window closes –or at least minimise the damage afterwards– without risking human lives. A key challenge is the design of efficient and environmentally friendly materials that can be carried by UAVs. Class-A foams are used for cooling the fire while also coating the fuel to prevent its contact with oxygen and stop combustion, reducing the amount of water required for suppression.
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