Investigation of the performance of water mist in extinguishing pool fires of various sizes

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Conference2006 Combustion Meeting, Combustion Institute/Canadian Section: 14 May 2006, Waterloo, Ontario
Pages16; # of pages: 6
Subjectwater mist, pool fires, fire extinguishment; Water mist
AbstractThis paper presents data from experimental studies of water mist performance in extinguishing pool fires of various sizes, in conjunction with the protection of industrial oil cookers. During a series of full-scale fire experiments, the surface area of the pool fire was changed in both width and length. The impact of these changes in the pool size on the distribution of water droplets over the fuel surface and the flame load was investigated. In addition, the interaction between the water droplets and the flame plume during suppression was analyzed. Experimental results showed that the extinguishing performance of a water mist system could be correlated with an increase in pool fire size, if certain requirements were met. The information obtained in the experiments proved useful for establishing general application principles for local application water mist systems and for developing a methodology to extrapolate water mist systems for various applications.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number45598
NPARC number20378265
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