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FSSA Participates in Fire Protection Research Foundation Plans

In many modern data and telecommunications facilities, the high air flows required to cool operating equipment are maintained during and after a clean agent discharge.  While this is not considered an ideal from the viewpoint of fire protection, it is often required to protect computer and telecom equipment from overheating in cases where power to the equipment needs to be maintained for operational purposes.

As part of the listing and approval of clean agent systems, discharge nozzles are tested to prove their ability to uniformly disperse agent over a given area and height of protected volume.  These tests are done in static airflow conditions.  On July 31, 2014, members of the FSSA participated in a meeting with Amanda Kimball of the Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to discuss a possible research project to study the effect of high air flow on clean agent dispersion.  It was agreed that the FPRF would solicit support for such a research project.  More details on the planned work will be provided in future issues of the Annunciator.

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