The Capabilities and Limitations of Total Flooding, Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems in Machinery Space Applications

Abstract

Water mist fire suppression systems are being seriously considered as replacements for Halon 1301 total flooding systems in machinery space applications. A “total flooding” water mist system is designed to discharge mist uniformly throughout the entire enclosure/compartment. The tests conducted to date form a substantial database for water mist systems installed in machinery spaces with volumes from 100 m3 to 1,000 m3 and varying degrees of ventilation. These tests have also identified the strengths and limitations of water mist in these applications. This report describes the capabilities of total flooding water mist fire suppression systems in machinery space applications.

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Back, G.G., Beyler, C.L. & Hansen, R. The Capabilities and Limitations of Total Flooding, Water Mist Fire Suppression Systems in Machinery Space Applications. Fire Technology 36, 8–23 (2000). https://doi.org/10.1023/A:1015473502679

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  • fire
  • fire tests
  • extinguishment
  • suppression
  • Halon 1301
  • Halon alternatives
  • water mist
  • total flooding
  • machinery space