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Fire-fighting: FIRE SPRINKLER SYSTEMS DESIGN INSTALLATION, Sprinkler system types: Wet, Dry, Preaction and Deluge, Sprinkler Head Types, Sprinkler Coverage, Sprinkler Responses, Sprinkler for Storage Applications, Sprinkler System Inspection Requirements

Subject: Fire-fighting - Sub Subject: Sprinkler system types
Date: 6/22/2019 Status: ACTIVE
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technician - 6/22/2019 10:46:53 PM

Sprinkler system types

Wet system:
Wet type systems are the most common type of sprinkler system that is installed. A wet pipe system has water in the pipes in the ambient or normal condition and has heat responsive elements on all sprinklers. Thus, water is instantaneously discharged from a sprinkler when it actuates.
Dry system:
In areas where low temperatures could cause a wet pipe system to freeze, a dry pipe system is intended for use. Dry pipe systems are pressurized with air in the ambient condition and experience an inherent delay in the discharge of water to allow the pressurized air in the system to escape. When a sprinkler actuates, air is released through the sprinkler, allowing water to flow into the piping system through the dry pipe valve. NFPA 13 mandates that the time for the water to reach the most remote sprinkler be no longer than 60 seconds. This time delay allows the fire to grow larger than it would with a wet pipe system of similar design, and the larger fire size results in more sprinklers in the fire area actuating.
To limit the size of dry pipe systems, a volumetric limitation with a maximum capacity of 750 gallons is placed on dry pipe systems. A quick opening device, such as an accelerator or an exhauster, is installed to rapidly remove air from the system and speed the operation of the dry pipe valve and is required when the system volumetric capacity exceeds 500 gallons.
System Description:
★ Water supply control valves shall be electrically supervised for proper position. Water flow and
supervision circuits shall be in accordance with the requirements of electrical specifications. All valves and
test points shall have individual addresses reported on the fire panel.

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technician - 6/22/2019 10:51:24 PM

Preaction and Deluge

Preaction systems and deluge systems required fire detectors (smoke, heat, etc.) for the actuation of the system. A deluge system uses open sprinklers or nozzles, so that all flow water is discharged when the deluge valve actuates. Deluge systems can be used for occupancies where the hazard is considered severe, such as with flammable liquid hazards where the fire could spread over a large floor area.
Preaction system have closed heads and pipes filled with pressurized air that supervise a piping system, and can be considered for the protection of valuable assets or irreplaceable property. The detection system for a preaction system can be designed to prevent water discharge in cases of a false alarm from the detection system, or in case of a sprinkler whose element has encountered mechanical damage.

Sprinkler Equipment:

Sprinkler cabinets and spare sprinklers:
★ A wall mounted cabinet for spare sprinkler heads and sprinkler wrench shall be provided. A sprinkler wrench compatible for each type of sprinkler head used shall be provided in the sprinkler cabinet.
Spare sprinkler heads of each type used shall be provided in the cabinet.
★ Use of concealed sprinkler heads are discouraged (after a few years, the concealed cover assembly plates are obsolete and missing plate cannot be replaced) and require written approval from Owner (Director of Electrical Maintenance).
★ Provide a stock of 12 spare sprinklers of each type used in the project. If more than 300 heads of a type are used, supply 24 spares.
★ Provide 24 escutcheon plates trims and caps for each type used for both fully concealed and semi concealed heads. If more than 300 heads of a type are used, supply 15 spare escutcheon plates trims and caps. Residential applications require a higher percentage of spares, discuss with FMS Fire Tech before bid time.

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technician - 6/22/2019 10:58:56 PM
The detection system on a preaction system can be designed with a preaction logic capable of meeting one of the following objectives:
  • Actuation of a fire detector trips a deluge valve to admit water into the sprinkler piping to await the actuation of a sprinkler.
  • Actuation of a fire detector or actuation of a heat-responsive element on a sprinkler trips a deluge valve to admit water into the sprinkler piping.
  • Actuation of a fire detector and actuation of a heat-responsive element on a sprinkler trips a deluge valve to admit water into the sprinkler piping.

Sprinkler Head Types

Spray sprinklers are manufactured in three basic styles. A standard spray upright (SSU) sprinkler is mounted on upright above a branch line pipe, usually in a room with exposed structural elements, and has a deflector, a metal plate whose edge is distinctively bent to deflect water downward from the sprinkler. A standard spray pendant (SSP) sprinkler is mounted below the branch line, usually mounted at or below the surface of a suspended ceiling and is characterized by a flat deflector. SSU and SSP discharge patterns are designed to be the same. Sidewall sprinklers have a specifically designed deflector that allows the sprinkler to discharge water from a wall-mounted position.
Variations on upright, pendant, and sidewall sprinkler are the dry upright, dry pendant, and dry sidewall sprinklers. These special sprinklers are manufactured with a seal at the inlet that prevents water from entering the nipple until the sprinkler actuates. These sprinklers can be extended from a wet pipe system into an unheated area, such as a walk-in freezer, an outside loading dock, or an unheated attic space, or can be used in the pendant position on a dry pipe system to prevent
condensation from entering the sprinkler and freezing.
Types:
★ Pendant Head
★ Upright Head
★ Sidewall head
★ Concealed Head
★ Dry Pendant Head
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technician - 6/22/2019 11:02:35 PM

Sprinkler Coverage


Another development in sprinkler manufacturing is the extended coverage sprinkler. The deflectors on these sprinklers are designed to discharge water over larger areas than standard sprinklers. While this means that each sprinkler must have a higher flow, it results in increased allowable distance between sprinklers, with the possibility that fewer sprinklers may be required in a compartment given size.

Sprinkler Responses


A major development in sprinkler technology was the quick response sprinkler, a sprinkler with a specially designed response element that allows the rapid transfer of heat to the heat-responsive element and provides a more expeditious delivery of water to the fire. At the time of sprinkler actuation, the fire should be smaller with a quick response sprinkler than with a standard response sprinkler, resulting in fewer sprinklers likely to actuate. Sprinkler elements are either glass bulbs or eutectic (soldered) elements.
The response of quick response and standard response sprinklers can be modeled by designers to estimate the time for a sprinkler to actuate, given ceiling height, fire size, and response time index (RTI), using the DETACT computer program, developed by the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Response time index is a measure of the sensitivity of a sprinkler heat responsive element, with low RTI values being very sensitive to actuation by heat, and high RTI values being less sensitive.
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technician - 6/22/2019 11:05:07 PM

Sprinkler for Storage Applications

ESFR and large Drop sprinklers are for specialized high challenge fire hazards. An ESFR sprinkler has a quick response element and an extra large orifice that allows for greater amounts of water to be applied early in the fire development, usually on a high challenge fire. Large drop sprinklers have large deflectors with widely spaced teeth to facilitate the creation of large water drops intended to penetrate a high velocity fire plume without evaporating, resulting in some water reaching the burning materials. The fire plume is the column of smoke and gas traveling upward from a fire.

Sprinkler System Inspection Requirements

NFPA requires that certain activities be performed at prescribed frequencies. However, rarely does an inspection and test agreement assign all of these activities and frequencies to a fire prevention company. To comply fully, an implied partnership is formed between the owner or the owners representative and the contractor. All of the requirements of NFPA 25 are the responsibility of the owner, and the contractor relies on the owner to perform all inspections and tests not specified in the agreement.

A common agreement for a wet sprinkler system will have the fire protection contractor coming to the building on an annual basis to conduct the annual inspections (See Below), while the owner or owners representative performs the quarterly, monthly, and weekly required inspections.
Unless specifically referenced in the agreement all other less-frequent activities are not included such as testing gauges every 5 years, testing sprinklers every 5, 10, 20, or 50 years and internally inspecting alarm valve, check valves, strainers, filters, and orifices. These activities are normally performed by the fire protection contractor but are invoiced as additional periodic services.
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