How close can hanging baffles be spaced together before sprinklers are required below (and possibly above) them to provide full sprinkler coverage?
I have a situation where about 20 acoustical baffles will be hanging 6-12 inches below the ceiling. The baffles are 18-inches by 10-feet long, spaced 8-inches apart.
I've looked at providing sprinklers above them at the ceiling level, and it isn't clear cut; each individual obstruction is less than 4-feet wide, so I can see NFPA 13 (2019) Section 10.2.7.1.2(2) applying as long as you can sprinkler between them. But I think the baffles are located too close together to be considered non-continuous obstructions and their proximity would obstruct the sprinkler spray pattern development.
I've looked at Section 18.104.22.168, where continuous or non-continuous obstructions less than 18-inches below the sprinkler deflector prevent the sprinkler pattern from fully developing, but that section states that as long as no additional floor area is created then no additional sprinklers are required. Having a tough time believing that only sprinklering above the baffles will fully protect beneath them. Any help is appreciated!
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