Requirements for Establishing Detector Siting Criteria in Fires Involving Electrical Materials (NUREG/CR-2409, SAND81-7168)

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Manuscript Completed: July 1982
Date Published: August 1982

Prepared by:
John L. Boccio
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Upton, New York 11973
Under Sandia Contract No. 74-5093

for Sandia National Laboratories
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87185
Operated by Sandia Corporation
for the U.S. Department of Energy
Under Contract No. DE-AC04-76DP00789

L.J. Klamerus, Sandia Project Officer

Prepared for:
Division of Engineering Technology
Office of Nuclear Reactor Research
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

Under Memorandum of Understanding DOE 40-550-75
NRC FIN A-1010

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Due to increased public awareness and regulatory actions, significant strides have been made in the capabilities of fire technology as it applies to fire detection systems. However, these advances in detector selection, siting, reliability and approvals tests have not substantially addressed the overall fire protection requirements within nuclear reactors.

This report emphasizes some of the basic requirements and considerations needed for establishing siting criteria for early-warning detection of electrical cable fires. Recent research in electrical cable flammability and damageability characteristics are discussed. Also current work in systemizing detector siting criteria is also described.

Confirmatory tests linking assessment of electrical-cable damageability with electrical cable fire detection is stressed.

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