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Comparison of Fire Sprinkler Piping Materials: Steel, Copper, Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride and Polybutylene, in Residential and Light Hazard Installations.


pdf icon Comparison of Fire Sprinkler Piping Materials: Steel, Copper, Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride and Polybutylene, in Residential and Light Hazard Installations. (1948 K)
Notarianni, K. A.; Jackson, M. A.

NISTIR 5339; FA-150; 40 p. June 1994.

Sponsor:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Emmitsburg, MD

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-182267

Keywords:

sprinkler systems; pipes; building technology; copper; chlorinated polyvinyl chloride; fire research; polybutylene; plastic pipes; steels

Abstract:

A literature-based study was conducted at the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to compare characteristics and usage of steel, copper, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride, and polybutylene fire sprinkler pipe primarily related to residential and light hazard installations. This report addresses key variables such as material properties, usage criteria and limitations, system design, installation requirements, economics, and maintenance. Information is presented which is useful for the selection of a sprinkler pipe material. This study was sponsored by the United States Fire Administration.