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Having worked on ships for the last 15 years the worst thing you can do with fire on a ship is throw a lot of water at it. If that water doesn't drain off quickly it changes the center of gravity of the ship and causes stability issues. That's why it capsized. Look at the rig supply ships just pouring it on. Those water canons pump around 2000 gals/min x 5 and that's a lot of water.
Originally posted by SphinxMontreal
A laser weapon which burns through steel mounted on an aircraft. I wonder if these laser weapons could be mounted onto a helicopter as well?
To summarize the fire issue in simple terms: either you have a fire on top of the deck or below the deck. The Astech® Enhanced Safety helideck deals with a surface fire better than a steel or any other type of helideck does, as explained above. If you have a fire below deck, then the thermal response of steel or aluminum cannot be assumed merely by the extrapolation of generic data relating to small shapes in furnaces. If the fire is of a minor nature, it will not affect either type of deck. If it is of a major nature, then it is impossible to predict which type of helideck will suffer most.