A large quantity of experimental work on jet fires has involved testing passive fire protection materials using the guidelines provided in ISO 22899-1:2007. These tests provide valuable information on the effectiveness of the fire protection materials and structural components but the experiments do not provide information on the impact of jet fires on entire structures that are common at petrochemical facilities.  BakerRisk elected to develop a large scale jet fire test program to provide a better understanding of the hazards associated with jet fires to full scale buildings and to refine the computer models used for facility safety assessments.

Jet fire testing performed by BakerRisk occurs at either the Wilfred E. Baker test facility or the Box Canyon test facility.  Jet fire tests performed are sufficiently large enough to be representative of a potential jet fire at a petrochemical facility. The tests can evaluate impingement on a structure or piece of equipment along with understanding the flame extents and thermal radiation distances.

A versatile set of jet fire tests can be performed including:

  • Jet fire with a range of release sizes and flow rates
  • Pressure relief fire
  • Fire effects on equipment
  • Fire effects on structures
    • Shipping Containers
    • Tents
    • Blast Resistant Modules
    • Wood Trailers
    • Reinforced Enclosures
    • Non-Traditional Structures, etc.
  • Fire effects on structural components
    • Walls
    • Windows
    • Doors
  • Thermal vulnerability inside buildings
  • Effectiveness of deluge/water spray systems for jet fire mitigation

Videos of various jet fire tests are shown below.

 

Jet Fire Window Test Internal View

Jet fire Testing

 

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