Title

iFire Automated Fire Suppression System

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Abstract/Artist Statement

Residential fires kill over 3000 people per year in the United States in addition to significant, if not total, loss of property and possessions. Present fire suppression systems delay the spread of the fire until the rescue personnel can fully evacuate the building and begin a secondary deluge of water. The iFire system aims to enhance current fire suppression systems by actively engaging the fire to prevent harm to life and property by augmenting a motorized system with fire detection sensors. This will allow for localized fire control in a particular room and alert firefighters where the main fires are located. One type of sensor that could be used in the system is a near Infrared sensor capable of detecting flame phenomena. In the market of low-cost fire sprinklers, the near Infrared sensors have an advantage of being inexpensive and easy to manufacture. This project chose to use near Infrared sensors with a specific wavelength detection of 940 nm and substituted near Infrared LED emitters for an actual fire. Combined with the sensors is a pan and tilt system to direct the water jet at the LED emitters. With the majority of fire suppression systems being simple deluge systems, the iFire team found that the market for automated systems was untapped and so research and development in this area could lead to new breakthroughs in fire suppression.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

2-5-2009 2:00 PM

End Date

2-5-2009 3:30 PM

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iFire Automated Fire Suppression System

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Residential fires kill over 3000 people per year in the United States in addition to significant, if not total, loss of property and possessions. Present fire suppression systems delay the spread of the fire until the rescue personnel can fully evacuate the building and begin a secondary deluge of water. The iFire system aims to enhance current fire suppression systems by actively engaging the fire to prevent harm to life and property by augmenting a motorized system with fire detection sensors. This will allow for localized fire control in a particular room and alert firefighters where the main fires are located. One type of sensor that could be used in the system is a near Infrared sensor capable of detecting flame phenomena. In the market of low-cost fire sprinklers, the near Infrared sensors have an advantage of being inexpensive and easy to manufacture. This project chose to use near Infrared sensors with a specific wavelength detection of 940 nm and substituted near Infrared LED emitters for an actual fire. Combined with the sensors is a pan and tilt system to direct the water jet at the LED emitters. With the majority of fire suppression systems being simple deluge systems, the iFire team found that the market for automated systems was untapped and so research and development in this area could lead to new breakthroughs in fire suppression.