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Limits to the Effectiveness of Metal-Containing Fire Suppressants

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Author(s)

Gregory T. Linteris

Abstract

This report reviews the literature on metal inhibition of flames and identifies metal species with potential as fire suppressant additives. To provide a basis for discussion, the detailed mechanism of inhibition of iron is reviewed, and the reasons for its loss of effectiveness are described. The demonstrated flame inhibiting properties of other metals is then discussed, followed by a description of the potential loss of effectiveness for these other metals.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7177
Report Number
7177

Keywords

fire suppression, flame inhibition, Halon replacements, metal flame inhibitors

Citation

Linteris, G. (2004), Limits to the Effectiveness of Metal-Containing Fire Suppressants, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.IR.7177 (Accessed October 6, 2022)
Created December 1, 2004, Updated November 10, 2018