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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Moore, Chad Everett
Author's Email Address cemoore@lsu.edu
URN etd-1112103-104824
Title Design, Development, and Analysis of a Twin-Fluid Fire Suppression Atomizer and Characterization of Electrostatically Charged Droplet Sprays
Degree Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (M.S.M.E.)
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Dimitris Nikitopoulos Committee Co-Chair
Sumanta Acharya Committee Co-Chair
Srinath Ekkad Committee Member
  • charged droplets
  • sprays
  • atomization
  • water mist
Date of Defense 2003-11-06
Availability unrestricted
A twin-fluid water mist fire suppression atomizer is designed, developed, and analyzed. Of primary interest is the development of a twin-fluid atomizer that produces a large droplet diameter and velocity distribution and also produces a mist with sufficient cone angle to be effective in fire suppression applications. Spray characterization experiments are conducted utilizing Phase Doppler Particle Analysis (PDPA). The effect of atomizer nozzle geometry on internal two-phase flow and resulting spray pattern is investigated.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard 750 characterization experiments are conducted to verify that the sprays produced by the developed atomizer are classified as a water mist as defined by the Standard. Water mist sprays are produced using three different atomizing gases: Carbon Dioxide, Helium, and Nitrogen. PDPA measurements obtained utilizing all three gases are compared and analyzed.

Full-scale fire suppression experiments are conducted using the developed twin-fluid atomizers. Identical experiments are conducted with a commercially available water mist atomizer to provide a basis for comparison. Fire tests are conducted on Class B fires consisting of pool, spray, jet, and simulated machinery space fires. The locations of the fires relative to the atomizer are varied to study the effects of atomizer position on fire suppression performance. The results reported herein indicate the atomizerís ability to rapidly extinguish Class B fires. Also, the mechanisms of extinguishment for each fire scenario are described.

Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) measurements are conducted on charged droplet sprays. A Spray Triode‚ electrostatic atomizer is utilized to study the effects of charged droplet sprays with varying electrical boundary conditions near the exit of the atomizer. The boundary conditions near the atomizer are varied by placing grounded and ungrounded obstructions in the spray flow field. The experimental results indicate .the charged dropletís ability to wrap around objects and sustain counter gravity flow.

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