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Inflatable partitions for high-expansion foam generators.
Min Eng 1995 Jun; 47(6):561-566
The U.S. Bureau of Mines (USBM) has developed an inflatable feed-tube seal (IFTS) for high-expansion foam generators. The IFTS is a lightweight, portable, rectangular inflatable bag that can be used by firefighters to rapidly seal large openings, such as those in underground mines, and to simultaneously provide a feed-tube for a high-expansion foam generator. Thus allows fire-fighting foam to freely flow to the fire site and control or extinguish the fire. Studies indicated that a high-expansion foam plug will travel 183 m (600 ft) down an entry with a 4.5% rise in elevation, before leakage of foam from around the inflatable partition.
Mining-industry; Underground-mining; Fire-extinguishing-agents; Fire-extinguishing-systems; Fire-fighting; Fire-prevention; Fire-safety; Mine-fires
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