A trio of authors who wrote a research paper on testing the flammability of lithium ion batteries were honored this morning at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s symposium (SUPDET) in Orlando. Their paper, which was offered at the Foundation’s symposium last year, received the William M. Carey award, which recognizes the best presentation in the Suppression portion of the symposium as voted by participants.
The award was presented to Christopher Wieczorek, Group Manager Fire Protection at FM Global; Benjamin Ditch, Senior Research Engineer at FM Global (who was unable to attend this symposium); and Tom Long, director of Exponent’s Maryland office, for their paper "Flammability Characterization Testing of Lithium Ion Batteries”.
William Carey, for whom the award is named, is a former senior staff engineer at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. He participated in many Foundation fire suppression projects, and throughout his career, was known for being "the bridge" between research and application of new fire safety knowledge.
Video: NFPA's Kathleen Almand talks about the Lithium-Ion battery storage flammability study.