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Rapid Discharge of a Fire Suppressing Agent



Jiann C. Yang, William M. Pitts, B D. Breuel, William L. Grosshandler, W G. Cleveland


This paper describes an experimental method to study the rapid discharge of a fire suppressant (C3F8) from a pressurized vessel. Experimental observations inside and at the exit of the vessel were made using high-speed photography. Boiling was not observed inside the vessel during discharges. A simple mathematical model was developed to predict the liquid depletion level and is compared to the experimental measurements.
International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer
No. 6


discharge rate, halon alternatives, mathematical models, pressure vessels, high speed photography


Yang, J. , Pitts, W. , Breuel, B. , Grosshandler, W. and Cleveland, W. (1996), Rapid Discharge of a Fire Suppressing Agent, International Communications in Heat and Mass Transfer, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created January 1, 1996, Updated February 19, 2017