In 2010, the Foundation conducted a high hazard warehouse concept design challenge, where six leading engineering firms presented innovative concepts for protection of a high bay warehouse with a challenging commodity. The result was the generation of new ideas to address this challenge. Since then, the Foundation has continued to address this issue with a number of research projects focused on new commodities, configurations, and protection schemes. However, several research challenges remain unaddressed.
To begin to address these research challenges, the Foundation held a Research Charrette on Wednesday afternoon, February 27th, 2013 in Orlando Florida, in conjunction with SupDet 2013. The goal of the Charrette was to use the collective knowledge and experience of the fire protection leaders participating to take the first steps towards addressing each of the following challenges:
- What do we need to know to determine equivalencies between water mist and sprinkler protection for selected suppression scenarios?
- How do we measure the impact of high clearance of sprinklers over industrial (factory) operations?
- What more do we need to know to apply the NFPA 13 obstruction rules for ESFR sprinklers?
- What are the validation priorities for new research underway on sprinkler protection installed on sloped ceilings over storage?
The proceedings from the Charrette are now available here.