Fire Protection Performance Tests

Fire Protection Performance Tests

Company / Project Profile
  • Performance testing of fire protection system
  • Client is leading exponent of Hydrogen fuel cell technology
  • Tests carried out at Vinci Technology Centre, Bedfordshire
Key Facts
  • Series of tests designed to create bespoke solutions for fire detection, gas detection, and fire protection
  • Performance tests carried out to confirm design proposals for new fire protection strategy

For this particular project, engineers from Frontline Safety, working closely with fire protection system manufacturers, designed and executed a series of controlled fire performance tests to demonstrate the effectiveness of a proposed fire protection system within a client’s bespoke LEV extraction hood

The purpose of the project was twofold;

a) To replicate the existing detection systems for fire and gas, in order to determine whether there were any shortfalls in the system design and recommend subsequent improvements.

b) Develop and demonstrate an effective fire-fighting strategy, taking note of the potential fire scenarios.

A series of tests were conducted investigating the effectiveness of the existing smoke detection and gas detection systems. Additional test were carried out with an additional element off heat detection in order to determine the most consistently effective, and reliable method of fire detection.

To demonstrate the proposed system effectiveness, a series of pan fires were set underneath LEV hoods

The fire suppression systems tested for this application were High Pressure Watermist. A temporary installation was erected, designed to replicate the anticipated system that would be installed at the client’s premises. The Watermist system was discharged into the LEV extraction hoods manually, and automatically demonstrating, and proving the effectiveness of the proposed fire detection system.

To demonstrate the proposed system effectiveness, a series of pan fires were set underneath the LEV hoods – designed to replicate the potential fire loads that would be present, under normal circumstances, in the client’s premises.

The fire performance tests were carried out under the supervision of the local fire service’s emergency response unit and, at all times, within the strict confines of the test site operator’s Risk Assessments and Method Statements.

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