Suitable Flame Detector Applications

Aircraft Hangars, typical risk include:

  • Spill fires
  • Aircraft maintenance activities include several potential ignition sources
  • Large quantities of liquid jet fuel could present

Typical Requirements

  • Shadow effect by the wings of the airplane should be considered.
  • Big heights and distances.
  • Combination of sufficient sensitivity, fast response and good resistivity to false alarms is needed.
  • Only allowing unfueled aircraft will drastically lower the impact of a fire, but normally aircraft are fueled, for operations reasons.
  • The floor area strongly varies from 500 m2 for small airplanes to 20000 m2 for the biggest commercial airplanes.

We recommend UV/IR or IR3 Flame Detectors 

Car, Bus, Tram and Train Parkings, typical risks include:

  • Ignition sources: lightning, static discharge, arson
  • Several cars, buses, trams or rail cars are closely stored. This leads to serious risk of flash-over and makes both detection and repression difficult.

Typical Requirements

  • Adapt positioning of the detectors to the potential shadow effect.

We recommend UV/IR or IR3 Flame Detectors

Chemical Plant Application

Chemical Industry is an application typically having several sub-applications, like tank parks, process equipment, tank truck loading and unloading, tank parks, pipe racks, laboratories with laboratory fume hoods. Often also terminal activities. Each of these subjects have their own fire risks. See other lemmas for the details on sub-applications.

We recommend, depending on the sub application IR3, UV/IR or UV Flame Detectors

Conveyor Belt Application

Conveyor belts move a wide variety of products. Often they are used for transport of combustible products. Conveyor belts can be found in many industrial applications. For example in bulk ports for unloading powdered material from vessels, in the recycling industry, steel plants and power plants. Sometimes the conveyor belts are enclosed, other times they are working in the open air.

Typical Risks Include:

  • High risk of carrying burning material from one location to another. The movement of conveyor belt can highly spread the fire, as soon as the material on the belt is ignited. This requires fire detection with a quick response.
  • Often conveyor belts are running in hardly accessible areas.
  • Ignition may be caused by friction from misalignment of belts, overheating of motors, burning of material on the belts or hot work near the belt.

Typical Requirements

  • When the to be transported material catches fire, it should be avoided that the goods on the conveyor belt reaches an (intermediate) storage, which would highly increase the damage on the fire. As long as the belt is running.
  • The application is often dusty. The detector choice should be adapted to that.

We recommend IR3 Flame Detector

Engine Rooms Application

Engine rooms will typically, but not only be found on board of vessels (ship engine rooms), but also on shore in the industry. in case of an industrial application losses. In engine rooms typically open fires are to be expected.

Typical Risks:

  • Ignition sources: Hot surfaces of the engine and the exhaust system with temperatures that exceed the auto ignition temperature of the fluids used in the engine.

Typical Requirements:

  • Intense ventilation in the generator room.
  • Obstruction of the sight in the engine room should we coped with.
  • Hot surfaces may act as false alarm source.
  • Especially for diesel engines: films on detector windows may act as an inhibitor.

We recommend for Diesel engine rooms IR3 Flame Detector, LPG Engine rooms IR3 or UV/IR Flame Detectors

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