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Blast Effects Suppression System

HydroSuppressor (TM)

Battelle Memorial Institute

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Technology Marketing Summary

The HydroSuppressor system was developed to protect critical facilities from the devastating effects of blast from a vehicle bomb.  HydroSuppressor uses high volume water sprays to absorb the energy of the blast as it occurs and is meant to be activated when a suspected threat has been identified.  

Description
A blast suppression system is provided, with the system including a plurality of command-actuated units located in the immediate vicinity of a bomb, a reservoir of suppressant material, and transmission lines connecting the reservoir to the units. Each of the units provides for the transmission of a suppressant material, preferably water, therethrough. Each of the units has nozzles configured to disperse the suppressant material into the air surrounding the bomb. Preferably, the transmission occurs prior to the explosion of the bomb, and continues after the explosion as well. Each command-actuated unit preferably has associated therewith an adjustable flow rate, an adjustable flow pattern, and an adjustable droplet size. In one embodiment of the invention, the command-actuated units are stationary, while in another embodiment the units are mobile. A method for utilizing the system is also disclosed.
Benefits
  1. Far lower cost than conventional blast hardening of a structure
  2. Readily adapted to existing structures without impact to on-going operations
  3. Uses commonly available fire fighting equipment
  4. Alternate mode removes harmful particulates/droplets from the air after a WMD event, particularly for enclosed spaces such as subway stations
Applications and Industries
  1. Reduce effects of fuel-air explosions from industrial/petroleum volatile chemical leaks/spills
  2. Enhances the existing fire fighting infrastructure
Patents and Patent Applications
ID Number
Title and Abstract
Primary Lab
Date
Patent 6,119,574
Patent
6,119,574
Blast effects suppression system
A blast suppression system is provided, with the system including a plurality of command-actuated units located in the immediate vicinity of a bomb, a reservoir of suppressant material, and transmission lines connecting the reservoir to the units. Each of the units provides for the transmission of a suppressant material, preferably water, therethrough. Each of the units has nozzles configured to disperse the suppressant material into the air surrounding the bomb. Preferably, the transmission occurs prior to the explosion of the bomb, and continues after the explosion as well. Each command-actuated unit preferably has associated therewith an adjustable flow rate, an adjustable flow pattern, and an adjustable droplet size. In one embodiment of the invention, the command-actuated units are stationary, while in another embodiment the units are mobile. A method for utilizing the system is also disclosed.
09/19/2000
Issued
Technology Status
Development StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
ProductionAvailable05/10/201205/10/2012

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