Electric Fields Enhancement of Water Mist Fire Suppresion Technologies

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$99,938.00
Award Year:
1996
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
32322
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Hughes Associates, Inc.
3610 Commerce Drive, Baltimore, MD, 21227
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Craig L. Beyler, Ph.d.
(410) 737-8677
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The application of electric charge to fire suppression water mist sprays and the subsequent application of an electric field to the compartment being protected can result in enhanced aerodynamic lifetimes of water mist droplets. This reduces the loss of mist by gravitational effect, thus increasing the mist concentration while lowering water supply demand. Further, by engineering the electric field the mist concentration beneath obstructions can be enhanced to improve the performance of mist systems for these critical regions of the compartment. Prototype hardware will be developed and tested in a moderate scale fire test enclosure. Mist concentration/particle size distributions will be measured throughout the compartment with and without the application of the electrical field. Heptane pool fires will be located at various positions in the test compartment to evaluate the value of the electrical charge in efficiently extinguishing fires throughout the compartment.

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