The APU insulation panels are not easily damaged, however, it the panels are punctured, you should repair the damaged panel as soon as possible. If you do not repair a puncture immediately, the panel can store fluids in the insulation. If fluids get into the insulation material, you must replace the panel. The air inlet scoop replaces the foam and support insulation (egg crate) that were installed between the APU insulation panels and the bulkhead. During an airplane operation, the air inlet scoop supplies forced outside air through the empty space between the APU insulation panels and the bulkhead for ventilation and for the removal of flammable or unwanted fluids. The location of the air inlet coop is behind the forward insulation panel and adjacent to the forward right side of the APU cowl door.
Source: Boeing training manual