October 21, 2010
Exponent Engineers Thomas Long, Neil Wu, and Andrew Blum authored an article in the most recent issue of Fire Protection Engineering, “Lessons Learned from Unsatisfactory Sprinkler Performance: An Update on Trends and a Root Cause Discussion from the Investigating Engineer's Perspective.”
The article discusses automatic sprinkler systems, which are often considered the most significant component of a building fire protection strategy. When properly designed, installed, and maintained, an automatic sprinkler system can control a fire and significantly reduce deaths, injuries and property damage. However, sprinkler systems have their limitations, and their performance can be affected by factors not linked to the initial design or installation of the sprinkler system. This article explores automatic sprinkler system failure data to identify and discuss causes of unsatisfactory sprinkler performance.
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