United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Acceptance and Verification For Early Warning Fire Detection Systems (NUREG/CR-1798)

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Manuscript Completed: May 1980

Prepared by:
J.L. Boccio and R.E. Hall
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, New York 11973

I. Asp
Gage-Babcock and Associates, Inc.
Mount Kisco, New York 10549

NRC FIN NO. A-3335

Prepared for:
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555
Under Interagency Agreement DE-ACO2-76CH00016

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Abstract

This report has been written to provide an interim guide accounting for the basic factors that should be considered in formulatina a fire detection system selection criteria and the verification of such a system. The fire detection system selection criteria that is proposed here still requires a viable mix of good engineering judgement, the use of qualified investigators, and excellent reporting and administrative procedures; all of which should be coupled to the results of current research that has been discussed herein. The fire detection analysis should address five major phases required in a fire detection analysis, viz, (1) establishing area detector requirements, (2) selection of specific detector types, (3) location and spacing of detectors, (4) installation tests and maintenance, and (5) administrative controls and reporting.

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