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Experimental Study on Water Mist Suppression of Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) PMMA Fires

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B. Yao, J. Qin

University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui, China

W. K. Chow

Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

Paper No. HT-FED2004-56674, pp. 151-157; 7 pages
  • ASME 2004 Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Volume 4
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, July 11–15, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4693-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3740-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Suppression of Poly(methyl methacrylate) PMMA fires by water mist will be studied in this paper. A simple test is developed to study the critical water flow rate under different radiant heat flux. The test is found to be suitable for studying the extinguishment effects of fine water droplets involving oxygen displacement, gas phase and fuel surface cooling. Water mist is generated by a single pressure nozzle, with the water mist characteristics measured by the Laser Doppler Velocimetry or the Adaptive Phase Doppler Velocimetry System (LDV/APV system). The interaction between water mist and the PMMA flame will be studied in a confined space with ventilation control in a cone calorimeter. The heat release rate, oxygen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide concentrations, and other important parameters of the interaction under various conditions are measured. It is found that discharging adequate amount of water mist would suppress the diffusion flame in the confined space. Reignition might occur once water mist stopped discharging to the fuel surface. Higher heat release rate and more smoke and toxic gases were produced than from those in first ignition.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Fire , Water



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