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Our advisers. No matter what you want to protect against the hazards of fire – we can develop the best possible made-to-measure fire protection concept for you. 2 . industrial plants. safety and reliability – to protect people. MADE TO MEASURE TOTAL WALTHER GmbH has been a leading manufacturer of firstclass foam extinguishing systems for more than 50 years. manufacture and installation of foam systems are your guarantee of quality.FOAM EXTINGUISHING: FIRST-CLASS TECHNOLOGY. When it comes to fixed fire protection systems. Innovative research. specialist engineers and technicians are always glad to place their know-how at your disposal. Foam in action on a liquid fire Aircraft hangars are protected against fire hazards by foam sprinkler systems and monitors. development. Foam systems protect storage tanks and processing units in refineries and chemical plants. and to protect the environment. success depends on the highest quality standards. production facilities and warehouses.
they have outstanding flow characteristics. Combustible liquids The foam cuts the combustible liquids off from the heat of the fire. and this prevents the fire from spreading. with the formation of an 80 cm .high foam blanket Foam spreading out during a liquid fire in a storage tank 3 . and suppresses the development of fire gases – to protect people as well as the environment.EXTINGUISHING FOAM: THE SECRET OF ITS STRENGTH Extinguishing foam consists of three effective components: water.resistant foam forms a stable blanket over combustible liquids. Because the bubbles are lighter than oil. Fire is made powerless Foam is the most reliable extinguishing agent to protect combustible liquids against the hazards of fire. gasoline or water. and they can float on liquid surfaces. The temperature . Water and foam concentrate are mixed to create a foam solution. the foam blanket hinders the generation of combustible gases which might combine with the air to form an ignitable mixture again. foam concentrate and air. Ignitable gases In liquid fires. Testing foam in a hazardous goods warehouse. The addition of air creates the foam bubbles which are so effective at extinguishing fire. Solids The low surface tension of the foam solution enables the water to penetrate deep into the burning substances. It cuts the flames off from the supply of oxygen.
4 . transport and processing facilities for easily ignitable and combustible liquids. TOTAL WALTHER GmbH offers a range of foam concentrates to cope with every risk – a reliable and effective basis for made-tomeasure fire protection. Synthetic foam concentrates to produce high-expansion foams consist of hydrocarbon surfactants.THE RIGHT FOAM FOR EVERY RISK Fluoroprotein foam concentrates combine hydrolysed protein. Foam is a triedand-tested extinguishing agent for protecting chemical plants and refineries. They produce a highly stable mechanical foam with good expansion properties and high resistance to reignition. stabilising agents and preservatives with hydrocarbon surfactants. Foam extinguishing systems protect offshore platforms. making them particularly suitable for foaming large areas and for room flooding: they are effective extinguishing agents for warehouses. their outstanding flow characteristics and their high resistance to contamination from fuels. cargo holds on ships and mine shafts. Protein foam concentrates are the preferred choice to protect storage. from airports to tank farms. Protein foam concentrates are based on hydrolysed protein. Thanks to their optimal extinguishing capability. they are ideal for protecting refineries and plant in the petrochemical sector. stabilising agents and preservatives.
airports. Our new foam disposal unit is a practical contribution towards active environmental protection. Tank farms are a typical area of application for foam-based fire extinguishing systems. VdS. 5 .Aqueous film forming foam concentrates (AFFF) consist of a combination of fluorosurfactants and hydrocarbon surfactants. For the sake of the environment Our foam concentrates are completely biodegradable. making it possible to extinguish watersoluble fuels such as methanol. Alcohol-resistant foam concentrates are mainly used for fire protection when leaded and unleaded petrol is being loaded. US Coastguard. Standards and Quality Assurance The production of TOTAL WALTHER foam concentrates is subject to a strict quality assurance procedure. This is why AFFF concentrates are included in the standard equipment for fire brigades. production facilities and many other application areas. FM and other independent test authorities. TOTAL WALTHER GmbH also takes care of disposal in accordance with environmental considerations. All the foam concentrates conform to the European and American standards of the following institutions: UL. refineries. Alcohol-resistant foam concentrates (AFFF-ARC) are AFFF concentrates to which a water-soluble polymer is added. Foam sprinkler systems protect tank loading stations against fire and explosion hazards. DIN. Norske Veritas. Since the foam can absorb toxic substances during a fire. Low energy is used to generate a high quality foam which can be used effectively in a wide range of systems including sprinkler systems.
The choice between a balanced pressure system and in-line proportioners depends on the energy supply and the range of adjustment which is required. only recognized specialist companies are allowed to undertake these installations. Sprinkler systems with foam proportioning are mainly used in practical applications involving hazardous goods stores with combustible liquids.MIXING IS THE SECRET OF SUCCESS: PROPORTIONERS AND FOAMING EQUIPMENT Foam test on a liquid storage tank In a foam extinguishing system. Wet systems. In-line proportioners use the water flow to generate low pressure in a constriction in the proportioner. they have a fixed flowrate and a small operating range. or a high proportion of plastics. water and foam concentrate are mixed together in a proportioner. dry systems and preaction extinguishing systems are suitable for this purpose. and distributes the foam thus formed over the fire. Perfect foaming depends on choosing a suitable foaming device. through which the foam concentrate is induced. To ensure the successful coordination of the sprinkler system and the foam extinguishing system. They are reasonably priced. It supplies the air to the foam solution. Foam sprinkler system in high rack storage 6 . Balanced pressure proportioning systems equalize the foam concentrate pressure with the water pressure at the intake of the foam proportioner. The foam concentrate pressure can be provided either by a pump. but unlike proportioners with automatic adjustment. or from the system water pressure.
Monitors are fixed-installed devices for longdistance foam projection. where it is evenly distributed. When used in conjunction with foam chambers.Surface Method”. for example in aircraft hangars. the foam is fed into the storage tank from above.The experts at TOTAL WALTHER GmbH recommend: Foam sprinklers A low-viscosity film-forming concentrate is suitable for foaming. Generators produce high-expansion foam by feeding the mixture of foam concentrate and water to a screen which is located in the airflow of a blower. and as a complement to fixed sprinkler installations. Foam proportioner based on the Venturi principle 7 . Foam branchpipes are air-aspirating devices to protect combustible liquids storage tanks. This supplies low. and then fed to the proportioner. They are ideal for reaching distant fire objects. In the “Sub .expansion foam with good surface coverage. They can be swivelled horizontally and vertically – by hand. Everything from one source TOTAL WALTHER GmbH is your professional partner for all aspects of foam extinguishing technology. onto the combustible liquid. by remote control or by automatic programming. Foam monitor (bottom left) and medium-expansion foam nozzle (bottom right) in test operation This horizontal pressure tank (bladder tank) contains an elastic bladder from which the foam concentrate is pressed out by the water pressure. the foam is fed from the base of the tank so that it rises through the liquid to the surface. Foam nozzles feed the foam solution on to a deflector plate or a screen streaming water jet sucks in the air that is needed for foaming. from design and system engineering to the foam concentrates themselves.
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