Fire Protection Foam Thermal Physical Properties. June 1996-July 1997.
Fire Protection Foam Thermal Physical Properties. June
Tafreshi, A. M.; diMarzo, M.; Floyd, R.; Wang, S.
NIST GCR 98-742; 110 p. March 1998.
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compressed air foam; physical properties; fire fighting;
fire protection; fire tests; thermal properties; foam
This document contains the results of work performed to
evaluate properties of foams used for fire exposure
protection. The scope of this effort is to establish a
testing procedure to evaluate the relevant properties of
fire exposure protection foams. There are many different
types of foams on the market. Most of the foams are used
for fire suppression, but this study focusses on those
intended to be used for fire exposure protection. Five
foams were selected, all commercially available. Each
comes in a concentrated liquid which is diluted in water
and mixed with air to form a protective coating. Four
of the foams chosen are synthetic hydrocarbon based.
The fifth is a protein based foam manufactured from raw
animal protein sources. All five foams are generated
and tested in identical manners to observe their
individual fire exposure protection characteristics.
The four synthetic foams are identifed as Foams A, B, C,
and D and the protein based foam is identified as E.