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Fire Fighting Pumping Systems at Industrial Facilities

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This book describes fixed firewater pump installations for industrial facilities from the view point of the end users, fire protection engineers, loss prevention professionals and those just entering a career in which decisions about tire pump installations must be made. Therefore much background information is given for the necessary requirements and usefulness of a firewater pump and the services that interface with it.

It is assumed that the reader is to some extent generally knowledgeable with hydraulics for pumps and pumping systems; therefore, this book is not concerned with those detailed design aspects.

This book's primary objective is the provision of practical information and basic background design principles on the application of fixed pumps for fire fighting purposes at industrial facilities, both onshore and offshore, where specific details are necessary and pertinent to the discussion they are provided. Otherwise, these can be found from the applicable fire codes and engineering practices to be applied to the facility. Experience from the installation of fire pumps in the petroleum and chemical industries, historical data, manufacturers specification sheets and regulatory code requirements have been drawn upon for the preparation of the information in this book.

All fire water pump installations should meet the requirements of local ordinances and applicable fire codes for the facility. Millions of unexpected fires occur every year and cause damage amounts to several billions of dollars. Fortunately, most fires are small and easily suppressed. Water is the universal agent to control and suppress unwanted fires, be it a small incident or a large industrial conflagration. Water suppresses fires by oxygen depravation through smothering and by heat absorption.

Firewater pumps are used to raise, transfer or increase the pressure or quantities of water applied in fire fighting. Therefore, at industrial facilities a firewater pump is commonly employed to effectively supply and deliver fire fighting water. Industrial firewater pumps are normally of centrifugal design and this book is mainly concerned with these types. Individually they can range in size from 95 I/min (25 gpm) to as much as 47,332 I/min (12,500 gpm). Industrial facilities contain hazards that are Unique to their own operations. These hazards vary from the type of processes, structures and materials handled. Standard and sometimes unique firewater pump installations are, therefore, provided to meet these risks.

One of the main reasons for writing this book is to provide an adequate reference book from the perspective of industrial users (rather than from regulatory enforcement, i.e., NFPA 20, LPC, S.l. 611, etc.). The installation of a firewater pump appears to be a fairly simple task. Simple errors, oversights or even economic pressures may lead to major impact to a facility during an incident because some critical feature of the firewater pumping system was not provided or overlooked. This book hopes to provide some insight into the typical arrangements and features that should be considered during the design, installation, operation and testing of firewater pumps for industrial facilities to avoid these circumstances

Synopsis:

This book describes fixed firewater pump installations for industrial facilities from the viewpoint of the end users, fire protection engineers, loss prevention professionals, and those just entering a career in which decisions about fire pump installations must be made. Therefore much background information is given for the necessary requirements and usefulness of a firewater pump and the services that interface with it.

This book's primary objective is the provision of practical information and basic background design principles on the application of fixed pumps for fire fighting purposes at industrial facilities, both onshore and offshore. Where specific details are necessary and pertinent to the discussion they are provided, otherwise, these can be found from the applicable fire codes and engineering practices to be applied to the facility. Experience from the installation of fire pumps in the petroleum and chemical industries, historical data, manufacturers specification sheets and regulatory code requirements have been drawn upon for the preparation of the information in this book.

About the Author

Dennis P. Nolan has had a long career devoted to risk engineering, fire engineering, loss prevention engineering and system safety. He holds a Master of Science degree in Systems Management Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland. He is also a U.S. registered Fire Protection Engineering Professional Engineer in the State of California. He is currently associated with the Fire Prevention Engineering staff of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), located in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia, site of some of the largest oil and gas fields in the world. This operation also contains the largest oil and gas production and separation facilities in the worls. The magnitude of the risks, worldwide sensitivity and foreign location make this one of the highly critical, Highly Protected Risk (HPR) operations in the world. He has also been associated with Boeing, Lockheed, Marathon Oil Company and Occidental Petroleum Corporation in various fireprotection engineering, risk and safety roles. These positions were in several locations in the United States and overseas. As part of his career, he has examined oil production, refining and marketing facilities in various severe and unique worldwide locations, including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and North and South America. His activity in the aerospace field has included engineering support for the NASA Space Shuttle launch facilities at Kennedy Space Center (and those undertaken at Vandenburg Air Force Base, California) and "Star Wars" defense systems. Mr. Nolan has received numerous safety awards and is a member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, National Fire Protection Association, Society of Petroleum Engineers, and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He was a member of the Fire Protection Working Group of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). He is the author of many technical papers. He has written two previous books "Application of HAZOP and What-IfSafety Reviews to the Petroleum, Petrochemical and Chemical Industries," and the "Handbook of Fire and Explosion Engineering Principles for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities," which are both widely referred to within the petroleum, chemical and other industries. Mr. Nolan has also been listed in "Who's Who in California" for the last ten years and has been nominated to appear in the 16th Edition of "Who's Who in the World."

Table of Contents

Historical Applications of Firewater Pumping Systems

Philosophy of Protection

Firewater Flow Requirements

Duration of Firewater Supplies

Sources of Firewater Pump Supply

Pump Types and Applications

Pump Installation, Piping Arrangements and Accessories

Materials of Construction

Pump Drivers and Power Transmission

Firewater Pump Controllers

Reliability

Classified Area Pump Installations

Firewater Pump Acceptance and Flow Testing

Human Factors & Quality Control

Appendices

Acronyms

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780815514282
Author:
Nolan, Dennis P.
Publisher:
William Andrew
Location:
Westwood, N.J. :
Subject:
Engineering - Industrial
Subject:
Industrial Technology
Subject:
Industrial Health & Safety
Subject:
Equipment and supplies
Subject:
Fire Science
Subject:
Industrial buildings
Subject:
Fire pumps.
Subject:
Industrial buildings -- Fires and fire prevention -- Equipment and supplies.
Subject:
Industrial engineering
Subject:
Safety-Fire
Publication Date:
19990131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
247
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 247 pages Noyes Data Corporation/Noyes Publications - English 9780815514282 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This book describes fixed firewater pump installations for industrial facilities from the viewpoint of the end users, fire protection engineers, loss prevention professionals, and those just entering a career in which decisions about fire pump installations must be made. Therefore much background information is given for the necessary requirements and usefulness of a firewater pump and the services that interface with it.

This book's primary objective is the provision of practical information and basic background design principles on the application of fixed pumps for fire fighting purposes at industrial facilities, both onshore and offshore. Where specific details are necessary and pertinent to the discussion they are provided, otherwise, these can be found from the applicable fire codes and engineering practices to be applied to the facility. Experience from the installation of fire pumps in the petroleum and chemical industries, historical data, manufacturers specification sheets and regulatory code requirements have been drawn upon for the preparation of the information in this book.

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