Material failures in fire protection systems

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Mar 4, 2014

Jeffrey PfaendtnerSM
Why do fire protection systems sometimes fail? During a session today at the Research Foundation’s symposium in Orlando, Jeffrey Pfaendtner of Crane Engineering presented highlights of 13 different case studies that demonstrated a wide range of design, manufacture, installation, and environmental factors that eventually led to system failure.

“No component is immune to failure,” said Mr. Pfaendtner, adding that all materials have their own vulnerabilities and application issues. Failure prevention requires good system design, material choices, and good installation and maintenance protocols. he said.

See Mr. Pfaendtner’s presentation, which includes photos and descriptions from the 13 case studies.