Application of water mist to extinguish large oil pool fires for industrial oil cooker protection

Zhigang Liu, Don Carpenter, Andrew K. Kim

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Large oil fires occurring in industrial oil cookers are very challenging to extinguish due to their size and the large amount of hot oil involved. This paper reports a study to use water mist for large industrial oil cooker protection. The extinguishing mechanisms of water mist and corresponding criteria required for extinguishing large pool cooking oil fires were investigated both theoretically and experimentally. Based on the extinguishing mechanisms and required criteria, two water mist systems were developed in the present work. A series of full-scale fire tests were conducted in a large industrial oil cooker mock-up. The study showed that the two water mist systems presently developed worked effectively to extinguish large cooking oil fires and prevented them from re-igniting. Their extinguishing performance was determined by the type of water mist system, discharge pressure and hood position in the oil cooker.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-752
Number of pages12
JournalFire Safety Science
StatePublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event8th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science - Beijing, China
Duration: Sep 18 2005Sep 23 2005


  • Cooking oil fire
  • Fire suppression
  • Industrial oil cooker
  • Water mist


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