Sprinkler System Basics
This course is approved/registered with AIA (American Institute of Architects). If you are an AIA member, once you pass the course we will submit your hours directly to the AIA for you so they are entered into your transcript.
This self-paced online training course covers the basic requirements for installation and operation of sprinkler systems. Sprinkler systems are relatively simple systems, when properly installed. However, if they are not properly designed, installed and maintained, they will fail to contain or suppress a fire as planned.
Upon completion you should be able to:
- Define "automatic sprinkler system"
- List and explain the differences between the four major types of sprinkler systems and typical applications of them
- Explain the Owner's Certificate and its application
- Explain why additives to stop leaks are not allowed in sprinkler systems
- Explain the difference between key pairs of concepts including limited combustible vs. noncombustible materials of construction, obstructed vs. unobstructed construction, fire suppression vs. fire control and pendant sprinklers vs. upright sprinklers
- Define and explain key terms and concepts, including response time index/thermal sensitivity, branch line, main, cross main, feed main, sprig, riser and K-factor
- List the normal working pressure for fittings and components used in sprinkler systems
- Explain the difference between the spray patterns developed in old-type and modern sprinkler heads
Who Will Benefit
Anyone whose job involves designing, reviewing, evaluating or installing fire protection systems, including: designers, installers, engineers, electrical contractors, technicians, project managers, fire marshals, and architects.
Minimum Computer System Requirements
- Sprinkler systems are relatively simple systems, when properly installed. However, if they are not properly designed, installed and maintained, they will fail to contain or suppress a fire as planned.
- There are four different types of systems (wet, dry, deluge and preaction) and all have a specific design to accomplish specific objectives.
- NFPA 13 details the basic requirements for sprinkler protection, and specific applications will be examined in more detail in other part of this program. The basic requirements and definitions are contained in the first parts of NFPA 13, including requirements for the Owner's Certificate, additives in sprinkler systems and rules for limited systems.
- A number of terms and definitions have to be understood as they apply to sprinkler protection and systems, or mistakes will be made in the application of the system.
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