Testing of Water Mist Fire Fighting System onboard Ships

Operation Test

Operation test is carried out on water mist fire fighting system onboard ships for the verification of pump condition and pump discharge pressure.

water mist fire fighting system testing

The testing procedure is as follows.

  1. All section solenoid valves must be in closed position and water supply valve to be kept open.
  2. Open the pump drain valve.
  3. Turn the select switch to manual in pump starter panel.
  4. Start the pump.
  5. Check the pump and discharge pressure.
  6. Stop the pump.
  7. Drain out the water from pump unit.

Automatic Release Test (Without Flooding)

  1. Close water supply valve.
  2. Disconnect motor power cables.
  3. Open air valve at the pump discharge. (For providing air to the nozzles instead of water).
  4. Actuate both flame and smoke detectors in the relevant area.
  5. Check the alarm at the control panel and repeater panel.
  6. Check visual and audible alarm in the protected space (Engine Room).
  7. Check the release of air from nozzles at the relevant area.
  8. Push stop button from control panel.
  9. Follow same testing for other sections.

water mist fire fighting system testing pressure

Manual Release Test (Without Flooding)

  1. Close water supply valve.
  2. Disconnect motor power cables.
  3. Open air valve at the pump discharge. (For providing air to the nozzles instead of water).
  4. Press start button from control panel for the area to be tested.
  5. Check the alarm at the control panel and repeater panel.
  6. Check visual and audible alarm in the protected space (Engine Room).
  7. Check the release of air from nozzles at the relevant area.
  8. Push stop button from control panel.
  9. Follow same testing for other sections.

Alarm Test

Freshwater tank low level alarm can be tried out by manually lowering the float.

Electric source failure can be tested by removing fuse from the control panel.

Air Blow Test

The whole piping system to be blown through with compressed air at a pressure of 7 to 8 bar.

Check the free passage of air from the nozzles.

Treatment after Testing

Drain out the water from all piping and make sure piping, wiring, and equipment is installed properly and ready for service.

Rules and Regulations

Water mist discharge of 30 seconds is to be carried out for at least one section (as per DNV).

Pressure testing of water piping system to be done for at least 1.5 times maximum working pressure (as per DNV and KR).

Related Links

Introduction to Water Mist Fire Detection Fighting System

Maintenance on Water Mist Fire Detection Fighting System

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