A Review of Sprinkler System Effectiveness Studies

Report Date: October 2013

A lack of information on the effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems has been noted as a limiting factor in the development of fire safety design. This paper reviews the information currently available on sprinkler effectiveness in fires. Two approaches are used for estimating sprinkler effectiveness: a component-based approach using a fault tree or similar method and a system-based approach using fire incident data where sprinklers were present. The paper compares the two approaches and makes recommendations for using the data in the development of fire safety design methods.


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Frank, Kevin, Neil Gravestock, Michael Spearpoint, and Charles Fleischmann. A Review of Sprinkler System Effectiveness Studies. Fire Science Reviews, a SpringerOpen Journal, 2013 2:6.

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