Hello I would like your opinion about this case please.
According NFPA 13 2019 9.4.4 Sprinklers shall be with minimun nominal K factors of K=5.6.
According NFPA 16 2019 7.6.1 Sprinkler spacing shall not exceed 100 square Feet; NFPA 16 126.96.36.199 Density shall not be less than 0.16 gpm/ft2.
if I have 100 ft2 area per sprinkler and density 0.16 gpm/ft2
Q= 100 ft2 x 0.16 gpm/ft2= 16 gpm (required flow rate)
If I have a Sprinkler with K factor= 5.6 and a minimum pressure (P) of 30 psi, then the Flow (Q) is,
Q= K*P^0.5= 5.6*(30^0.5)=30.67 gpm (actual flow rate). This flow rate (30.67 gpm) is about two times the required flow rate (16 gpm).
Is possible to use a sprinkler with K factor less than 5.6?
It is to protect gasoline rail car loading area.
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