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Fire Suppression Efficiency Screening Method



Jiann C. Yang, Michelle K. Donnelly, William L. Grosshandler


Most of the current methods for fire suppression efficiency screening (e.g., cup burners) are designed for screening agents that can be delivered in the form of vapor. The search for alternatives to halons for fire suppression applications has identified several classes of condensed-phase compounds that may be delivered in the form of droplets or aerosols. The objective of this work is to design and build a bench-scale apparatus suitable for evaluating fire suppression efficiencies of these new advanced liquid agents. Five important design attributes have been considered during the inception of the apparatus: (1) applicability, (2) amenable to analysis, (3) repeatability, (4) flexibility, and (5) operability. There are three major parts to the apparatus: (1) burner, (2) flow facility, and (3) droplet/aerosol generator.
Proceedings Title
3rd Annual SERDP Symposium
Conference Dates
December 3-5, 1997
Conference Location
Washington, DC
Conference Title
Partners in Environmental Technology


fire suppression, halon alternatives


Yang, J. , Donnelly, M. and Grosshandler, W. (1997), Fire Suppression Efficiency Screening Method, 3rd Annual SERDP Symposium, Washington, DC, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created December 3, 1997, Updated February 19, 2017