Quick Response Sprinklers in Chemical Laboratories: Fire Test Results.
Quick Response Sprinklers in Chemical Laboratories:
Fire Test Results.
Walton, W. D.
NISTIR 89-4200; 55 p. December 1989.
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB90-151721
automatic sprinklers; burning rate; compartment fires;
fire growth; fire tests; heat release rate;
laboratories; oxygen consumption; calorimetry; quick
response sprinklers; room fires; toxicity; sidewall
sprinkler systems; automatic sprinkler systems
A series of fire tests in typical chemical laboratories
was conducted in order to address the use of quick
response sprinkler technology. For each test, the
performance of an automatic sprinkler system in
extinguishing a fire originating in an acetone spill was
evaluated. The test parameters included 1) standard
sprinklers with exposed steel piping, 2) quick response
sprinklers with exposed steel piping, 3) quick response
sprinklers with exposed plastic piping, 4) quick
response sidewall sprinklers and 5) no sprinklers.
Measurements of air temperature and the concentration of
oxygen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide were taken.
A free burn test was conducted to characterize the heat
release rate of the initial items ignited.