FIP593 - Fire Pumps

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Subject Title
Fire Pumps

Subject Description
Students investigate positive displacement and centrifugal pumps as they are used in fire protection. Pump components, ancillary devices, electric motors, diesel engines, controllers, fittings and valves are covered. Students reference NFPA 20 regarding the selection and installation of Fire Pumps, and NFPA 25 regarding acceptance, maintenance and testing. Fire pumps are included in hydraulic calculations.

Credit Status
One credit toward the Fire Sprinkler Design Certificate offered by the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training and the Fire Protection Engineering Program offered by the School of Fire Protection

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the components of a fire pump assembly.
  2. Retrieve criteria from the applicable codes and standards relating to fire pump installation and maintenance.
  3. Provide an explanation for the operating principle of a centrifugal pump and its components.
  4. Explain how pump “head” relates to fire pump design.
  5. Provide examples of where positive displacement and centrifugal pumps are used in fire protection.
  6. Predict pump output with the affinity laws when changing pump speed and impellor diameter.
  7. Explain the effect of configuring pumps in series and parallel.
  8. Construct a curve when given churn pressure, rated flow, rated pressure and pressure at maximum flow.
  9. Select the correct pump for a given fire protection system.
  10. Interpret pump performance curves including efficiency and horsepower.

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