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The Design and Layout of Fire Sprinkler Systems





ISBN 9781587160240
Published April 5, 2001 by CRC Press
304 Pages

 
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Book Description

Although effective fire sprinkler systems are crucial to public safety, for years, the designers of those systems had few published resources to reference and guide them through their design processes. The first edition of this book changed all that, and now The Design and Layout of Fire Sprinkler Systems Second Edition suits their needs even better.

Written and thoroughly updated by a fire prevention engineer with more than 20 years of experience, this book provides a complete, systematic introduction to automatic fire sprinkler design and layout, from design basics, code requirements, and pipe hanging to hydraulic calculations, retrofits, and details on fire pumps. The author carefully outlines all of a designer's responsibilities and includes an entire chapter dedicated to preparing for the NICET exam.

More than 150 sample diagrams, checklists, sample forms, spec sheets, photographs, and a glossary complement the text, and the larger page size of this edition permits clear presentation of diagrams and schematics. The Design and Layout of Fire Sprinkler Systems not only builds the foundation and skills of newcomers to the field, but also provides an outstanding reference for fire safety professionals, building inspectors, insurance underwriters, and municipal officials.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
FIRE SPRINKLERS: THEIR HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
OVERVIEW OF A BASIC SPRINKLER SYSTEM DESIGN (GETTING STARTED)
Plans and Specification
Starting the Work on Your Plan
BASIC DESIGN OVERVIEW (PART 2)
FURTHER SPECIFICS OF DESIGN BASICS
Dimensioning Pipe Lengths
Considerations for Office Areas
Take-Outs
Noted Dimensions
The System Header
At the End of the Job
ADDITIONAL ENGINEERING RESPONSIBILITIES
Locate Sprinklers in an Open Space
Some Other Red Flags
The Consulting Engineer's Onus
Hazard Evaluation o On-the-Job Responsibilities
Critical Design Considerations
Communicate!
Always be on the Alert
FINISHING THE PLAN
STOCKLISTING
Areas Subject to Freezing
Auxiliary Dry Systems
Anti-Freeze Systems
Factors to Consider
Sprinkler System Conversions
Engineering Design Options
PIPE HANGING
SYSTEM CODE REQUIREMENTS
Customizing Your Work to the Job at Hand
Code Specifics
Making Use of NFPA Pamphlet #13
Study Questions
BASICS OF HYDRAULIC CALCULATION
The Project Example
Primary Calculation Considerations
Cross-Main Calculation Procedures
Completing the Hydraulic Calculation
Proving System Adequacy
Some Finer Points
System Variations
PREPARATION FOR THE NICET EXAMINATION
National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies
Study Questions
PIPING METHODS AND DETAILS
OPTIONS FOR HYDRAULIC DESIGN
The Grid Calculation
The Loop Calculation
To Bear in Mind
HIGH-PILED STORAGE
Commodity Classification
Commodity Piling Height
Code Application
Another Application Example
Sprinkler Options
Study Questions
TECHNIQUES FOR RETROFIT WORK
Measure and Quantify the Existing Buildings in Three Dimensions
Prepare the Design and Layout by Survey
Make a Comprehensive Effort
Recent Examples of Retrofit Design Work
THE ROLE OF FIRE PUMPS AND THEIR USAGE
The Horizontal Electric Fire Pump
Vertical Turbine Pumps
In-Line and End-Suction Pumps
Diesel-Drive Pumps
Pump Selection
Energy for Start-up and Operation
The Codes
Code Interpretations
Field Engineering Concerns
Size and Safety
BASICS OF FIRE PUMP LAYOUT
Proper Proximity of the Pump
What the Code Dictates
Fire Alarm Control Panels
Fire Pump Performance Curves
Sizing the Fire Pump
Detailing the Pump Plan
Installation Considerations
Fire Pump Testing Apparatus
RESIDENTIAL FIRE SPRINKLER DESIGN
Project Design Considerations
NFPA Pamplet #13-R Requirements
Laying Out the System Piping
Residential Sprinkler Plan Preparation
The Intent and Significance of Pamphlet #13-R
Study Questions
Additional Referenced Material
PROJECT ESTIMATING
ECONOMIES OF THE DESIGN FUNCTION
APPENDICES
Fire Sprinkler Application Review
In-House Engineer Training
Protecting Computer Rooms
Figures and Photos (136 figures and tables, 15 photos)
Friction Loss Tables for Thinwall Cross-Mains
ANSWER KEY
GLOSSARY
INDEX

Each chapter also contains an introduction, references, and endnotes.

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