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Progress Report on Fire Detection Research in the United States.

pdf icon Progress Report on Fire Detection Research in the United States. (625 K)
Grosshandler, W. L.

NISTIR 6030; June 1997.

U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 13th Joint Panel Meeting. Volume 2. March 13-20, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A., Editor(s), 363-369 pp, 1997.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-184204


fire safety; fire research; fire detection; fire tests; fire detectors; smoke detectors; gas detectors; heat detectors; algorithms; aircraft hangars


Opportunities exist for new concepts in automatic fire detection that do a better job of discriminating a threatening fire from a non-threatening condition across the spectrum of applications. These opportunities arise because of a number of factors, including an increased need to protect more complex and variable structures, the need to replace an aging generation of smoke detectors, the need for detection systems to respond more quickly in tandem with less efficient halon replacement fire suppression systems, and the desire to better safeguard the public and meet evolving regulations. A technological push is being provided by new sensor technologies, by more sophisticated signal processing software, and by a greater understanding of fire physics and improved prediction capability for smoke movement. Competition from new technologies introduced internationally provides additional prodding for the U.S. industry to become fully aware of opportunities to enter new market areas and exploit advances in related technolgoies and scientific disciplines.