PACKAGED AUTOMATIC FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR REMOTE BUILDINGS
Final rept., Jul 1964-Jul 1966
NAVAL CIVIL ENGINEERING LAB PORT HUENEME CA
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The Naval Facilities Engineering Command has requirements for packaged automatic fire protection systems suitable for use in any climate, including polar. A research firm under contract to NCEL evaluated 31 fire- suppressant agents, and prepared conceptual designs of five protection systems, ranking the concepts on the basis of fire extinguishing characteristics, initial and maintenance costs, and reliability. The Halon 1301 Multicycle Total Flooding System was first choice and an automated water sprinkler system was second choice. Fire tests of these two systems by the contractor indicated that the Halon 1301 system is the more promising for an advanced base in a polar climate. However, because a fire protection system was required for immediate use in the Antarctic and the Halon 1301 system would require considerable development time a water sprinkler system already proven in service was selected. This system designed by NCEL and discussed in this report is fully automated. It is a single-shot system, pressurized with nitrogen, and uses electric heaters to prevent the stored water from freezing.
- Safety Engineering