Posted: 30 May '18

Method for Fire Suppression in Biomass Vessels Using Inert Gas and Inert Gas Expanded Foam

At Solid Industrial Services, we have the greatest staff of any industrial services company, anywhere!  While conducting day-to-day business, our field staff have been exposed to so many environments and situations that require outside-the-box thinking. 

Our staff has gained so much experience that they have begun to innovate old processes to create safer, more resourceful processes. Solid Industrial Solutions’ staff have developed a new “METHOD FOR FIRE SUPPRESSION IN BIOMASS VESSELS USING INERT GAS, AND INERT GAS EXPANDED FOAM”.  From this exposure, Solid Industrial Solutions created a patented process.

The embodiment of this invention is a specially designed process for the fire suppression efforts in slow smoldering fires present in biomass storage vessels. Our process includes the following:

For smoldering solid biomass vessels, a gaseous inert carrier, either vaporized from liquid or regulated from compressed gas, is injected into the base of the vessel, or by using temporary lances injected into a location below the smoldering area.  This can be done by piping, tubing, hoses, lances, or any combination thereof.  The flow rate of this inert gas must be such, sufficient in cooling the smoldering area while maintaining a non-fluidized state within the biomass material.  Medium to high expansion firefighting foam is mixed with a gaseous inert carrier and transferred by piping, tubing, hose, or combination thereof to an inlet port(s) located within the headspace of the vessel.  The nitrogen carried foam is sprayed throughout the head space of the vessel until the headspace is filled with suppressant foam. Our process has proven to be effective, efficient, and safe.

Not only do we want to save you the hassle of dealing with dangerous gases, we also make sure to save time on your projects. With this easy-to-follow process, you can be assured that our specifically designed method for fire suppression in biomass vessels, will prove time and time again that it works effortlessly.