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Screening of Candidate Fire Suppressants.

pdf icon Screening of Candidate Fire Suppressants. (1072 K)
Nyden, M. R.; Yang, J. C.; Mather, J. D.

Halon Options Technical Working Conference. Proceedings. HOTWC 2000. Sponsored by: University of New Mexico, Fire Suppression Systems Assoc., Fire and Safety Group, Great Lakes Chemical Corp., Halon Alternative Research Corp., Hughes Associates, Inc., Kidde Fenwal, Inc., Kidde International, Modular Protection, Inc., Next Generation Fire Suppression Technology Program, Sandia National Laboratories, Summit Environmental Corp., Inc. and 3M Specialty Materials. May 2-4, 2000, Albuquerque, NM, 104-114 pp, 2000.

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halon alternatives; bromine compounds; fire suppression; organic bromine compounds; environmental effects; halons; organic phosphorus compounds; blowoff


Exploratory research has indicated that the following chemical families are likely to contain chemicals possessing both a high degree of fire suppression efficiency and low environmental impact: the bromoalkenes, bromoethers, and phosphorus-containing compounds, including the alkyd phosphates, phosphites, and phosphonates. Candidate suppressants were selected from these chemical families on the basis of their volatility and existing toxicity data. The relative performance of these compounds as fire suppressants was assessed by comparison of the results obtained from the NIST Dispersed Liquid Agent Fire Suppression Screen Apparatus.