Experience With External Fires in Gas Turbine Installations and Implications for Fire Protection PUBLIC ACCESS

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R. E. Dundas

Factory Mutual Research

Paper No. 90-GT-375, pp. V004T10A013; 9 pages
  • ASME 1990 International Gas Turbine and Aeroengine Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 4: Heat Transfer; Electric Power; Industrial and Cogeneration
  • Brussels, Belgium, June 11–14, 1990
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7907-8
  • Copyright © 1990 by ASME


This paper summarizes a body of experience with external fires, such as those involving lube oil, liquid fuel, or fuel gas, in gas turbine–generator installations. It then describes one such fire in a sprinklered building, indicating the lack of effectiveness of the sprinklers in controlling the fire and preventing damage to the building. Conclusions are then drawn as to the optimum methods of protecting against such fires.

A concept of using excess–flow check valves in fuel lines, and throughout the lubrication system, for maximum protection from fires and other effects of a fuel or lubrication line break or separation, is described.

Copyright © 1990 by ASME
Topics: Fire , Gas turbines
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