Single Point Sprinkler Design Criteria vs Traditional Density-Area Curves

Fire Protection Research Foundation report: "Single Point Sprinkler Design Criteria vs. Traditional Density-Area Curves" (PDF, 1 MB)
Author: Garner A. Palenske, P.E., Daniel J. O'Connor, P.E., Schirmer Engineering Corp.
Date of issue: January 2007 


The 2006 edition of NFPA 13 provides designers with a range of sprinkler densities and application areas. This report reviews the background and basis underlying the occupancy density-area curves of NFPA 13 and the storage protection curves. Observation from the review and gaps in the technical background of these curves are discussed and recommendations for further study and testing are presented.

The Research Foundation expresses gratitude to the report authors Garner Palenske and Daniel O'Connor of Schirmer Engineering Corporation; Project Technical Panelists Kerry Bell, Edward Budnick, Christian Dubay, Morgan Hurley, Kenneth Linder, Joe Noble, John O'Neill and Rich Pehrson; and to the National Fire Protection Association for sponsoring the project.

The content, opinions and conclusions contained in this report are solely those of the authors.