The Fire Protection Research Foundation is launching three new suppression projects:
Sprinkler Protection for Cloud Ceilings - Ph.2 will seek to obtain an understaning of how cloud ceiling panels impact sprinkler actuation. The major focus of the project is small clouds with a specific objective to determine the maximum gap between walls and cloulds to enable elimination of sprinklers at the structural ceiling level. This project will extend the work done in Phase 1.
Evaluation of Water Additives for Fire Control and Vapor Mitigation - Ph.2 seeks to provide a repeatable and reproducible evaluation methodology of the performance characteristics of water additives used in fixed fire suppression systems for fire control and vapor mitigation, as compared to a baseline of water-only performance for Class B applications using 2- and 3-dimensional liquid fuel fires. Phase 1 of the project provided a test plan for this work.
Obstructions and ESFR Sprinklers - Ph.1 will endeavor to develop a tool that can be used for providing reliable analysis of the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinklers based on existing data and develop a technical basis to the NFPA 13 technical committees for new requirements and guidance.