MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Factory Yamaha clean-up underway

“We have water and white fire retardant powder everywhere.” – Massimo Meregalli, Yamaha Factory Racing.

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KevinW - Unregistered

April 19, 2013 3:45 PM

Water is used for fuel fire suppression in modern small droplet, high flow rate extinguisher/sprinkler systems, such as that applied in modern facilities like Austin, aircraft hangers, manufacturing facilities, new auto shops, etc.. worldwide. These are designed to penetrate the fire plume, cool the fire source, and change the fuel-air mixture in such a way that the fire is extinguished without floating the fuel on liquid water collecting on the floor and surfaces. Older large droplet limited flow rate fire suppression does not work, neither will a hose. However, as soon as the doors are opened, the inrush of air feeds whatever fire remains, so dry chemicals are used to quickly stop propagation. These fine particle dry chemicals are highly corrosive that can eat electronics, anodized and painted surfaces quickly if not completely cleaned away. Halon used to be the choice of fire control, but has been phased out due to environmental concerns. In small garage spaces sealed doors and pen


April 23, 2013 10:49 PM

FM-200 replaced Halon. FM-200 is the ideal solution in this case as it is not harmful to electronics, hence it's widespread use in datatcentres.

BTW we're not talking about a fuel fire here, just a minor electrical fire.

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