Accession Number:

ADA279102

Title:

Evaluation of State-of-the-Art High Speed Deluge Systems Presently in Service at Various U.S. Army Ammunition Plants

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan-Mar 1993

Corporate Author:

DONMAR LTD NEWPORT BEACH CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

70.0

Abstract:

A brief study was made of ultra high speed deluge systems used in Army ammunition plants for fire protection against pyrotechnic and propellant material-type firesexplosions. The evaluation included both fire detectors and fire suppressant devices and technologies. It was found that the technologies being utilized today have not been optimized for the specific fire application. In general, it was found that there is a lack of information on the properties of the fire events themselves that detectors are supposedly designed to respond to. No data exists on spectral irradiances in the IR or UV spectral bands where the current detectors operate. A need exists to determine the sources that may be responsible for detector false alarms. Tests should be conducted on the performance of current systems and on other detection and suppression techniques, notably, Machine Vision Fire Detection. It is recommended that field testing of old and new hardware systems be conducted modifications made to optimize currently installed systems develop a new system capability which better meets the overall threat, performance, and reliability requirements and that a thorough purchase descriptionperformance specification be developed.

Subject Categories:

  • Safety Engineering
  • Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE