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Fire testing of alternative fixed fire-extinguishing systems for ro-ro spaces onboard ships
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire and Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6264-7307
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Fire and Safety.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7874-2405
2023 (English)In: Ships and Offshore Structures, ISSN 1744-5302, E-ISSN 1754-212X, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 423-428Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) recognises five different fire-extinguishing system solutions for ro-ro spaces on ships; manually activated water spray systems (Resolution A.123(V)), automatic sprinkler or deluge water spray systems and automatic nozzle or deluge water mist systems (MSC.1/Circ.1430), high-expansion foam systems and gas fire-extinguishing systems (FSS Code). A review of potential commercially available alternative systems, their expected performance efficiency and water consumption was made. Based on this review, two alternative fire-extinguishing systems were identified: Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) and foam-water sprinkler/spray systems. Fire suppression performance testing of water spray systems according to the Resolution A.123(V) and MSC.1/Circ.1430, a CAFS and a foam-water spray system were conducted. The water spray system per MSC.1/Circ.1430 had superior performance while the system per Resolution A.123(V) and the foam-water spray system limited the fire size to some degrees. The CAFS provided limited fire suppression performance.

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Taylor and Francis Ltd. , 2023. Vol. 18, no 3, p. 423-428
Keywords [en]
CAFS, extinguishment, Fire, ro-ro space, water spray, Compressed air, Fire extinguishers, Fire protection, Ships, Spray nozzles, Sprinkler systems (irrigation), Air foam, Compressed air foam system, Fire suppression performance, Fire-extinguishing systems, International conventions, Safety of life at seas, Spray systems, Water sprays, Fires
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Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-59239DOI: 10.1080/17445302.2022.2061768Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85129631611OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-59239DiVA, id: diva2:1660625
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The authors would like to thank the manufacturers who provided equipment, support and technical advices for the fire tests: TYCO Fire Suppression & Building Products (Sweden), Jomos Eurosprinkler AG (Switzerland), Dr. R. Stahmer GmbH & Co. KG (Germany), FireFlex Systems Inc. (Canada), Dafo Fomtec AB (Sweden).

Available from: 2022-05-24 Created: 2022-05-24 Last updated: 2023-07-06Bibliographically approved

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