NFPA 20 says that if the test header supply main is more than 15 feet from the fire pump, it must be increased one pipe size or hydraulically calculated based on 150 percent of the rated pump capacity.
What form does the hydraulic calculation take?
Are we trying to determine if the main can flow 150 percent of the pump rating without running out of pressure?
How low a pressure would be acceptable?
Is this a one time calculation to size the main or is this a calculation that must be performed during each annual fire pump test?
Thanks in advance.
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2/15/2023 07:11:30 am
The appendix in the 22' Ed [A22.214.171.124(3)] has a worksheet for this scenario. As the calculation is based off a number (the pump rating) x a % of the capacity of the pump, one calculation is all that is required, and the test must meet this minimum. I've never done this before either...
2/15/2023 08:06:21 am
Dan's last comment about making up a placard is an excellent idea. I never thought about how helpful this would be.
2/15/2023 08:24:13 am
It is always good to give explanations for future reference. That avoids a lot of questions and misunderstanding.
2/15/2023 03:55:52 pm
I agree with the others, Dan has this down.
2/15/2023 08:46:37 am
I like the placard suggestion made by Dan above. This would be in addition to additional required documentation that is required to be provided.
2/15/2023 09:07:03 am
I made a spreadsheet for this based on the annex form, whenever we run into one of these I have our guys run it and then put a note on the drawing that sizing is not increased per hydraulic calculation with a safety pressure of X. Ironically I've always said do the calculation because I've literally never had one fail, until a few months ago when i finally found a pump that it didn't work and we did have to do the up-size. That was a very small/low pressure vertical inline.
3/28/2023 03:07:39 am
Can i also get the spreadsheet. I also need it for a project. You can email me. My email is email@example.com
2/16/2023 11:38:34 am
Mike, Any chance I could get a copy of your spread sheet? I'm still struggling here. Thank you sir.
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