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2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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AE 3531 - Fire Suppression Systems Design

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course is a continuation of plumbing and fire suppression principles and transitions into the system component design, layout and specification concepts of fire suppression systems. The fire suppression systems components to be examined include wet sprinkler systems, alternative agent systems, pumping equipment and fire suppression piping and installation specifications. Design tools to be used include traditional calculations, spreadsheets, and computerized modeling programs. Design standards and variations will be discussed using NFPA codes and master specifications. The architectural engineer’s responsibilities in design and specification writing will be emphasized through examples of construction document components, including plans, details and specifications. (prereq: AE 3301 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Analyze a building type to determine the proper fire protection system selection
  • Analyze water supply flow pressures and needs of a project.
  • Describe fire chemistry and discuss the effects fires have had on buildings and human life
  • Discuss principles of smoke, heat and flame detection and methods of signaling warning alarms to building occupants
  • Discuss architectural and engineering building design eleements and materials of construction as they relate to fire suppression systems for buildings
  • Apply fluid mechanics design methods, based on Hazen-Williams formulation and other general energy thoeries, to calculate fire suppression design problems based on example piping layouts
  • Design and layout an automatic fire suppression system for a commercial building
  • Design and size the fire suppression pump system for a commercial building

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Basic fire protection systems, piping sizing calculations

Course Topics
  • Fire Chemistry
  • History of Fire in Buildings
  • Types of Fire Suppression Systems
  • Materials and Equipment
  • Planning
  • Sprinkler Layout
  • Hangers and Hanging
  • Job Site Surveys and Coordination
  • Water Supplies and Underground Piping
  • Hydraulic Calculations
  • Modeling Program Use
  • Pumps and Pumping Systems
  • Standpipe Systems
  • Design Calculations for Complex Systems

Laboratory Topics
  • Field Surveys and Piping 
  • Water Supply Testing & Selection of Type of Fire Suppression for Building Occupancy
  • Fire Pump Analysis Using a Variable Speed Pump
  • Sprinkler Head Flow Analysis
  • Analysis of Water Flow in an Existing Sprinkler System
  • Predicting Flow Rates and Pressure in an Existing System
  • Water Supply Flow Test and Analysis
  • Fire Suppression System Design Project Calculuations and Specs

Doug Nelson

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