Sprinkler System Design:
Rhino designs fire sprinklers with an eye toward long-term value, maintenance, and sustainable construction. Our staff of registered fire protection engineers determines each client’s performance requirements, evaluates water supply, produces detailed design documents, performs hydraulic calculations, and oversees installations. Our engineering design solutions have encompassed the following system types:
- Water Supply
- Fire Pumps
- Automatic Sprinklers
By emphasizing quality, detailed designs, Rhino helped Penn State University reduce the square-foot cost of sprinkler retrofits in residence halls. Approximately 50 such projects were recently completed with minimal changes due to unforeseen existing conditions, and most were installed during the summer to accommodate the University’s academic calendar and minimize disruption to students.
Special Hazard Suppression:
Facility managers at data processing centers, industrial facilities, storage warehouses, and aircraft hangars know that their fire protection needs are far more complex than those found in the average office building. The engineers at Rhino FPE have experience in the design of unique fire protection systems tailored to meet each facility’s specific challenges.
- Clean Agent Suppression Design:
A variety of gases are available for fire suppression in sensitive areas such as museum displays or computer server rooms. Rhino’s engineers help clients select the best agent for each project’s particular needs.
- Foam System Design:
Often the agent of choice for airplane hangars and suppressing liquid pool fires, foam systems can be low-density (applying a layer of foam to the surface of the burning material), or high-density (completely filling the protected area with foam). Whichever system is required, Rhino FPE can ensure that your facility and personnel are protected from potentially devastating fires.
- High-Speed Explosion Suppression Design:
Employed for environments where a fire event can easily become a major catastrophe. In such projects, Rhino first gains an understanding of planned daily facility operations, types of hazardous materials present, and any functional processes to be conducted in the space. Our subsequent suppression systems designs are based on this information along with project-specific requirements, applicable codes, and fire protection best practices to provide an adequate and acceptable level of fire suppression.
Designs that require performance of detection and suppression of an oxidizing explosion in under 500 milliseconds include consideration of several variables including detection, activation and water delivery time, quantity and quality of the water supply, overall facility life safety processes and procedures as well as project specific acceptance testing procedures, inspection, testing, and maintenance procedures. Rhino works closely with the client, contractor, and manufacturers of the detection, activation, and water suppression components to assure the systems operate as designed.