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July 15, 2014 – Shadow Areas by Roland Asp, C.E.T.

The NFPA sprinkler standards do not require water to physically spray on every square foot of floor area in a building. Obstructions such as columns, wing walls and partitions are allowed to exist which create small areas within the sprinkler's coverage area where water may not directly fall. This presentation will discuss the limitations and allowances of NFPA 13, NFPA 13R and NFPA 13D with respect to this feature that sometimes occurs in sprinkler system layout.

August 19, 2014 – Protecting Storage of Exposed Plastics by Kenneth E. Isman, P.E.

For many years, NFPA 13 has had criteria for protecting some arrangements of exposed plastics, but not for all storage heights and types of storage. In the 2013 edition, new criteria was added for protection of rack storage of exposed unexpanded plastics. For the 2016 edition of the standard, criteria for protecting exposed expanded plastics stored on racks is being discussed based on some new successful full-scale fire tests. This presentation will summarize the requirements as they stand now and provide a preview of the requirements likely to be in the 2016 edition of the standard.

September 16, 2014 – Room Design Method by Jeff Hugo, C.B.O.

When performing hydraulic calculations, it is always important to answer the question, "How many sprinklers are going to open if there is a fire in this occupancy?” NFPA 13 provides a number of different ways to answer this question, including the Room Design Method, which basically assumes every sprinkler in the room will open. Of course, this assumes that the walls of the room will be sufficiently fire resistant to keep the fire in the room. This program will discuss all of the rules of the Room Design Method including the requirements for finding the most demanding room, the requirements for the fire resistance of the walls, and the allowances for openings to other rooms.

October 21, 2014 – High Ceilings, Step Ceilings and Ceiling Pockets by Victoria B. Valentine, P.E.

Not every ceiling is a flat, smooth, horizontal ceiling. Those ceilings with unusual configurations need clear rules for where to place the sprinklers. This program will discuss the standardized method that NFPA 13 uses to determine sprinkler spacing and location for a number of unusual ceiling configurations.

November 18, 2014 – Protection of Aerosol Storage by Bob Upson

NFPA 30B has its own rules regarding the protection of aerosol storage with fire sprinklers. Discharge criteria is provided in a series of tables that reference the level of hazard of the aerosol as well as the type of sprinkler at the ceiling and whether or not additional sprinklers will be needed in the racks. This seminar will explain the different levels of hazards of aerosols and summarize the information in the tables so that the user will be able to determine sprinkler discharge criteria for palletized, solid pile and rack storage of aerosol products.

December 16, 2014 – Protection of Aircraft Hangars-Part 2 by Jim Lake

Last year, the NFSA covered the water-based fire protection system (water only sprinklers, foam-water sprinklers, and foam system) criteria for Group I Hangars from NFPA 409. This program will pick up where the last program left off and cover the water-based fire protection system requirements for Group II, Group III and Group IV hangars. New to the 2011 edition of NFPA 409 was a separate chapter on the protection of hangars specifically designed for unfueled aircraft. This program will also cover that new chapter in NFPA 409.


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