What's new in the world of fire suppression and detection? Quite a lot, according to Kathleen Almand, NFPA's vice-president of Research and executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation. And some of it was discussed at the March 2014 Suppression, Detection, and Signaling Research and Applications Conference, better known as SupDet.
Among the changes in the detection arena, NIST, UL, and the Foundation are looking at ways to enhance the performance of smoke alarms in the presence of nuisance sources. And the detection industry has developed technology that allows a more selective response to smoke and flames.
“On the suppression side,” she says, “I was once again impressed with the innovative response of the sprinkler industry to new challenges in the form of new materials in storage—think warehouses 150 feet high full of extremely combustible plastics.”