FINE WATER MIST SYSTEM FOR REPLACEMENT OF HALON 1301 FIRE EXTINGUISHER SYSTEMS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 19844
Amount: $85,528.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1993
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
304 Inverness Way South,, Suite 110, Englewood, CO, 80112
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mr James Butz
 (303) 792-5615
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Research Institution
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Abstract
U.S. production of Halons will decrease from 28 million lbs in 1988 to zero in 1995 to meet the U.S. commitments to the Montreal Protocol. A major use of Halon 1301 is as a fire suppression flooding agent. The use of fine water mists from two-fluid atomizing nozzles is proposed as a replacement for Halon 1301 fire suppression systems, especially for Class B fuel fires. The optimum droplet size and atomizer water flow rate will be determined in the Phase I research. Several candidate atomizers will be tested against a standard n-heptane fire in a test chamber. Spray droplet size and water application rates will be varied over a range determined by modeling of the evaporation rate of the droplets. Requirements for a fire suppression atomizer nozzle will be prepared, based on the test results. In Phase II, a prototype fire suppression system will be designed, built, and tested on typical Air Force Class B fires. A specification for fine water mist fire suppression systems to replace existing Halon 1301 systems will be based on these Phase II tests.

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