A cool mist

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Journal titleCanadian Architect
Pages4647; # of pages: 2
SubjectWater mist
AbstractThe triangle of fire consists of three principal components: fuel, oxygen and heat. Eliminate any one of these elements, and the life potential of a fire is significantly reduced. This is the principle behind the water mist or fog system. Combining the extinguishing characteristics of water with the penetrative qualities of gasses, the mist system eliminates two of the three critical factors: oxygen and heat. While the technology for water misting is not new and has been in development in Europe for over 50 years, it is rapidly emerging in North America as a viable alternative in more conventional occupancies. Once limited to flood-sensitive applications including the rail and shipping industries, and computer rooms, uses now include hotels, historic buildings, archival museums, and as shown in the case study provided, for the first time in Canada, health care.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Institute for Research in Construction
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NRC numberIRC-VISI-372
NPARC number20378744
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Record created2012-07-24
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