NuclearPower Plant Fire Protection —Fire Detection (Subsystems Study Task 2) (NUREG/CR-0488, SAND78-1373)

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Manuscript Completed: December 1977
Date Published:
March 1979

Prepared by:
Dennis L. Berry
Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, NM 87185
Operated by Sandia Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy

Prepared for:
Engineering Methodology Standards Branch
Office of Standards Development
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Under Interagency Agreement DOE 40-550-75

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This report examines the adequacy of fire detection in the context of nuclear power plant safety. Topics considered are: (1) establishing area detection requirements, (2) selecting specific detector types, (3) locating and spacing detectors, and (4) performing installation tests and maintenance. Based on a thorough review of fire detection codes and standards and fire detection literature, the report concludes that current design and regulatory guidelines alone are insufficient to ensure satisfactory fire detection system performance. To assure adequate fire detection, this report recommends the use of in-place testing of detectors under conditions expected to occur normally in areas being protected.

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