In response to requests from FSSA installer members, the technical committee set about to itemize the numerous fire protection challenges posed by various methods of containing hot and cold air in a data facility.
Technical committee members Steve Carter, Jeffery Kidd, John Spalding and Paul Rivers developed and presented a review of their findings at the resent Society of Fire Protection Engineers annual meeting held in Portland, Oregon this past October.
Their presentation highlighted five main challenges that hot asile/cold aisle containment system pose to fire protection systems:
- Inadequate automatic obstruction removal
- Multiple areas of containment
- High temperatures
- High airflow velocities