Performance based package standard for lithium batteries as cargo on aircraft - Direct Flame Test
This category specification provides a minimum performance standard that may be used for mitigation means, in addition to the foundation specification (AS6413), to provide external fire thermal threat capability which supports the safe shipment of lithium batteries as cargo on aircraft. This slash sheet provides information and testing to assist or augment the performance of the packaging used for shipping of lithium batteries. If protective equipment and measures are used, the performance of the battery package under the challenge of external heat and fire may be improved and enhanced. ?
Rationale: The primary perceived hazard of a lithium battery is internal thermal runaway. There is also a potential hazard from cargo fires outside the battery packages that may result in direct flame on the package increasing heat to a point where batteries can trip into thermal runaway. AS6413/1 and AS6413/2 seek to provide testing and information on the protective measures available to improve protection of the packages against external thermal hazards.