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An Evaluation of the Firefighting Performance of Alcohol-Resistant Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF-AR) and Alcohol-Resistant Fluorine-Free Foams (FFF-AR) in the Past Two Decades

verfasst von: Martin Kaller, Gert Van Bortel, Tom Engels, Raf Thierens, Johannes Fachinger

Erschienen in: Fire Technology | Ausgabe 2/2023

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Abstract

Aqueous film-forming foams (AFFF) have a long and successful history in industrial firefighting operations due to their unique properties allowing rapid knock-down of fires and efficient vapor suppression from large fuel surfaces preventing (re)ignition. However, all AFFF foams available on the market contain per- and polyfluorinated compounds which are expected to phase out in near future due to ongoing regulation. This paper summarizes foam testing of alcohol resistant AFFF (AFFF-AR) and fluorine-free alternatives (FFF-AR) in our company since 2001. It can be concluded that AFFF-AR foams’ performance has decreased in the past while at the same time, FFF-AR foams’ performance has significantly increased and some can be seen as replacements for AFFF-AR if correct application can be guaranteed.

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Metadaten
Titel
An Evaluation of the Firefighting Performance of Alcohol-Resistant Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF-AR) and Alcohol-Resistant Fluorine-Free Foams (FFF-AR) in the Past Two Decades
verfasst von
Martin Kaller
Gert Van Bortel
Tom Engels
Raf Thierens
Johannes Fachinger
Publikationsdatum
03.12.2022
Verlag
Springer US
Erschienen in
Fire Technology / Ausgabe 2/2023
Print ISSN: 0015-2684
Elektronische ISSN: 1572-8099
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-022-01345-9

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