Tank fire protection development: the latest direction. Part 5/8.

Introduction of the ISO 14001 to the disaster recovery – part 5/8.

Tank fire protection development: the main research task is to eliminate the drawbacks. Research covered three key areas:

  • elaboration of a strategy improving the success ratio of fire fighting

  • determination of new technical parameters for extinguishing

  • development of the technology and technical background needed to realize this

Tank fire protection development

Tank fire protection development :)

Steps of the tank fire protection research process:

• comparative review of known extinguishing strategies, research in available literature
• identification of the reasons for the low success ratio, selection of the critical factor
• search for selection of and commenting on possible new strategies
• designation of the direction of technical development

Process of technical development:

• research to develop a technology meeting the objectives of the new strategy,
• conception of the invention idea
• development of the technique necessary for implementing the technology
• building of models and experimental means
• experiments and laboratory tests to verify correctness of the concept
• necessary modifications and further development
• preparation of the invention description and the international patent application
• preparation of a large-sized model, a real-size experimental device
• cold foam spread tests and measurements
• real-size fire experiments
• evaluation of the result
• adaptation to industrial use.


The development work brings success.

Replies to the two problem groups, in the sequence of listing the deficiencies:

  • the new extinguishing technique is suitable for extinguishing fire of modern large tanks
  • its operating parameters (foam intensity, operating time) can be freely chosen without restriction
  • the investor is the plant, inspection and maintenance are carried out by the same organization
  • the system is very simple, only a robust, closed foam line is mounted on the tank
  • no foam generating devices and other parts that may go wrong are included in the system
  • the foam pipes require no maintenance, only the permanent pressure of the foam vessel has to be monitored
  • no external water supply (fire water network) and external energy supply is required for the operation of the extinguishing equipment, no operating failure is caused by contaminated water
  • operation requires no action by any fire brigade
  • there is no delay arising from waiting for the fire brigade to arrive
  • a small amount of extinguishing agent is used, the burning time is short, and the pollution of the environment is minimal
  • the fire does not endanger the people and the technology involved in fire fighting
  • this procedure is excellent for putting out rim seal fire as well
  • the safety of its operation is not dependent on any critical infrastructure

tank fire protection on the peak

to be continued…

Leave a comment