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Aerosol and SPGG Technology Fire Suppression Screening Methods (NISTIR 5904)



William L. Grosshandler, Jiann C. Yang, Thomas G. Cleary


The search for alternatives to halons for fire suppression applications has identified not only new compounds which have physical properties similar to the bromochlorofluorocarbon family, but also inert gaseous agents that are released from a solid state and condensed phase agents that may be misted or generated pyrotechnically. Industry is already investigating innovative ways that these multiple technologies can be blended or hybridized to create an optimum fire fighting agent/release mechanism for specific applications. The traditional cup burner method is unable to evaluate these not-in-king replacement systems. Two new concepts for testing liquid aerosol and solid propellant gas generator (SPGG) fire suppression technologies are presented here.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 5904
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fire research, fire science, fire suppression, aerosols, solid propellants, halon alternatives


Grosshandler, W. , Yang, J. and Cleary, T. (1996), Aerosol and SPGG Technology Fire Suppression Screening Methods (NISTIR 5904), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 23, 2024)
Created October 28, 1996, Updated November 10, 2018