March 1-4, 2016
Doubletree San Antonio Downtown
San Antonio, TX

SUPDET symposium brief (PDF)

SUPPRESSION PROGRAM

Keynote: History of Fire (PDF, 5 MB)  
Dick Gann, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Session I: Warehouse Sprinkler Protection
Early Suppression Fast Response Sprinklers and Obstructions (PDF, 3 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 231 KB)
Garner Palenske, Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corporation

ESFR K14 and High Clearance Update (PDF, 997 KB)
Lorin Klein, Whirlpool, James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire Protection Products, Christopher Gates, Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Rich Gallagher, Zurich Services Corporation

A Numerical Study on the Effect of Ceiling Slope on Sprinkler Activations and Spray Transport (PDF, 911 KB) Extended abstract (PDF, 247 KB)
Prateep Chatterjee and Karl V. Meredith, FM Global 

Biomass Commodity Classification (PDF, 3 MB)
Erin G. Webb, Ph.D., Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Daniel Steppan, Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

New Technology for Sprinklered High-Challenge Warehouses (PDF, 3 MB)
Christina Francis, P&G
Session II: Applications
Sub-Scale Analysis of New Large Aircraft Pool Fire-Suppression (PDF, 4 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 457 KB)
Christopher P. Menchini, Applied Research Associates, Inc., Steven P. Wells, Vulcan Research and Controls, LLC, John R. Hawk, Air Force Civil Engineer Center

Quantifying the Impact of Portable Fire Extinguisher Agents on Cultural Resource Materials (PDF, 961 KB) Extended abstract (PDF, 407 KB)
Matthew Benfer, Jensen Hughes 

Feasible fire protection solutions for long underground cable tunnel in UAE: a case study (PDF, 255 KB)
Mukesh Singh Tomar, NFPA member

Session III: Water Mist
Water Mist System Test Methods: Comparison of FM, UL, and IMO Procedures (PDF, 573 KB)
Jason Huczek, Southwest Research Institute (SWRI)

Development of a 1.5 GPM, Sprinkler Equivalent, Residential Water Mist Suppression System (PDF, 2 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 268 KB)
William Makant, Plumis
Session IV: Protection of Li-Ion Batteries

Preventing Cell-to-Cell Thermal Runaway in Li-ion Battery Packs by Means of Fluid Application (PDF, 652 KB)
Mark Smith, Nicholas Johnson, William Meyring, Paul Rivers, 3M

Lithium-ion Energy Storage System Fires (PDF, 1 MB)
Andrew F. Blum and R. Thomas Long, Exponent, Inc.

Cartoned Lithium Ion Battery Storage Sprinkler Protection (PDF, 949 KB)
Ben Ditch, FM Global, R. Thomas Long, Exponent, Inc.

Session V: Clean Agents and Foam

Experimental Research on the Jet-Distance of FK-5-1-12 Droplets after their Discharge out of a Fire Protection Nozzle (PDF, 1 MB)
Hauke Petersen and Gudrun Fay, Ph.D., Minimax GmbH & Co.

Siloxane-Based AFFF: Testing of Experimental Foam Concentrates (PDF, 1 MB)
Ralf Helmut Hetzer, Felix Kümmerlen, Angela Sager-Wiedmann, Bundeswehr Research Institute for Protective Technologies and NBC-Protection

DETECTION PROGRAM

Session I: Residential Applications
Public Benefits to a Smoke Alarm Performance Evaluation Scheme (PDF, 1 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 183 KB)
Arthur Lee, Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), Everett Baker, Tyler Bennett, Jimmy Mosteller, and John Williams, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)

Improving Data Collection of Smoke Alarms in Fires (PDF, 914 KB)
Joseph M. Fleming, Boston Fire Department, Vyto Babrauskas, Ph.D., Fire Science and Technology, Inc.

Experimental Investigation of Using CO Sensors to Detect Smouldering Fires in Dwellings (PDF, 615 KB)
Christian Sesseng and Nina Kristine Reitan, Ph.D., SP
Session II: Detection Research
Influence of the Operating Time on the Behaviour of Smoke Alarms in Typical Office Environments (PDF, 762 KB) Extended abstract (PDF, 604 KB)
Ingolf Willms, Ph.D., Thorsten Schultze, Ph.D., Lea Marcius, and Wolfgang Krüll, University of Duisburg-Essen

Development and Testing of a Targeting System for Localized Suppression (PDF, 570 KB) Extended abstract (PDF, 812 KB)
Ian McNamara, FireStrike Industries LLC., James Andy Lynch, Fire Risk Alliance

Effect of Detector Sensitivity Changes on the Provision of Adequate Warning to Building Occupants (PDF, 1 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 457 KB)
James Milke, University of Maryland, John Vythoulkas and Yun Jiang, Xtralis

A Novel and Cost Effective Radiant Heat Flux Gauge (PDF, 1 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 94 KB)
S. Safaei and A.S. Rangwala, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), V. Raghavan and  T.M. Muruganandam, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, L. Genovesi, Global Fire Products, Inc.

A Fire-Induced Displacement Estimation Method for Civil Infrastructures (PDF, 388 KB)
Gunhee Koo, Jaemook Choi, Kiyoung Kim, and Hoon Sohn, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Session III: Smart Building Applications

Indoor Positioning Systems Enhance Safety and Security in Buildings (PDF 2 MB)
Oliver Zechlin and Lance Rütimann, Siemens Switzerland Ltd.

Session IV: Signaling and Notification

Visual Alarm Devices - Their Effectiveness in Warning of Fire (PDF, 701 KB)
Raman Chagger, BRE Global Limited

Occupant Evacuation Elevator (OEE) Case Studies (PDF, 1 MB)
Eric Camiel, Jensen Hughes

Session V: Nuisance Sources

Impact of Smoke Alarm Performance Considering New Nuisance and Fire Tests (PDF, 811 KB)
Thomas Cleary, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Beyond Cooking: Smoke Alarm Nuisance Sources Evaluated (PDF, 930 KB)
Joshua Dinaburg, Jensen Hughes

Session VI: Smoke Characteristics and Detector Design
Multi-angle Multi-wavelength Light Scattering of Smokes and Cooking Aerosols (PDF, 2 MB)
Thomas Cleary and Amy Mensch, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Physics Based Assessment of Light Scattering in Multi-Color Smoke Detection (PDF, 2 MB) Extended abstract (PDF, 447 KB)
Michael Birnkrant, Ph.D., Marcin Piech, Ph.D., and Peter Harris, Ph.D., United Technologies Research Center