Summer 2019 Newsletter
Below you can find our Summer 2019 Newsletter dedicated to Fire Protection. If you’d like to receive these topics directly in your email box, click here. If you’d like to learn more about these topics or speak with a consultant please Contact Us.
“Fire Hazard Analysis” (FHA) is referenced in a number of industry standards, practices, and guidance documents and is often the key first-step to understanding potential fire exposure scenarios and developing a plan to manage those exposures. While the concept and application of an FHA is often subjective, an FHA study should, at a minimum, define the limits of what is “manageable” with respect to fire consequences, examine specific scenarios that could breach those limits, and document solutions that minimize the potential for “unmanageable” fires to occur.
BakerRisk’s unique and effective methodology, called “Fire Hazards and Mitigation Analysis” (FHMA), not only tackles this difficult task of performing FHAs, but also analyzes a site’s resources and capabilities to mitigate, or limit, the potential consequences of a fire. Learn More
Murtaza Gandhi, Senior Process Safety Engineer with BakerRisk, recently presented a special webinar for Lesman Instrument Company that discussed tools and strategies for optimal gas and flame detector placement, including:
- Basics of fire and gas detector mapping
- Shortcomings of undertaking a traditional approach
- Introduction to performance-based detector mapping
- Importance of testing to validate results
- Comparison of fire and gas detection lifecycle and SIS lifecycle Learn More
Vapor Mitigation Testing
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) prides themselves as being a prime source for “knowledge resources on fire, electrical and related hazards”. BakerRisk recently teamed with the NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation (FPRF) to conduct a test program to determine the adequacy of deluge as a means of vapor mitigation.
This program was designed around an extensive controlled dispersion test program including over 70 tests conducted with saturated propane, propane vapor, and methane vapor at 0.1 kg/s and 0.3 kg/s. For the testing program, gas concentrations were measured by 28 detectors scattered throughout an 80 ft x 80 ft test pad. In addition to the live testing, this project included a thorough literature review of the topic, comparison consequence modeling of the tests using BakerRisk’s SafeSite3G© software, and a CFD analysis of the saturated propane tests. Learn More