Study of fire and explosion in a compartment

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ConferenceCombustion Institute/Canadian Section 2003 Spring Technical Meeting: 11 May 2003, Vancouver, B.C.
Subjectfire, explosion, occupied space, suppression; Suppression
AbstractThe deflagration-type explosion that occurs inside industrial facilities and military equipment presents a serious threat to lives and property [1, 2]. The phenomena of the deflagration-type explosion in a compartment are complex and there is a need to study the capability and limitation of the current extinguishing systems in suppressing this type of explosion. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has recently built a test compartment to study deflagration-type explosions and their suppression by different types of extinguishing systems. During full-scale experiments, the impact of fuel quantity and the length of the ignition delay period on the explosion intensity was investigated. Overpressure, temperature, gas composition and possible skin burn caused by the explosion were measured. Corresponding explosion damage to the equipment and the potential risk to personnel in the compartment were studied. In this paper, the experimental facilities used for the study of the deflagration-type explosions in the compartment are reported and potential threats generated by this type of the explosion are discussed.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number46137
NPARC number20378923
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