PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

Clemco Industries Corp.


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


UHP Water Gun Blasts the Fire Away

Friday, February 9, 2018

More items for Health & Safety
More items from North America

Comment | More

Ultra-high pressure waterjetting and wet abrasive blasting with a slurry are fairly common methods of surface preparation, but one Ocala, Florida-based company is betting on a similar technology for another purpose: to help firefighters knock down hard-to-reach fires by piercing through concrete, steel, brick and bulletproof glass.

As CNN recently reported, after a B-2 Stealth Bomber crashed on the runway at an American air base in Guam in 2008, firefighters had difficulty cutting through the composite layers of the aircraft skin to fight the fire. The loss of the aircraft moved the U.S. Air Force to look for a solution.

The answer? The PyroLance.

Fighting Fire with Abrasives

Ultra-high pressure technology allows the gun to break through barriers quickly while also conserving water, notes the company, also emphasizing that 90 percent of UHP flow was effective in knocking down and containing fires.

The PyroLance implements a mixture of pressurized water and granite material to pierce a 6-millimeter-wide hole through obstacles, said CNN Money. Once this happens, the nozzle pumps microdroplets into the enclosed space, lowering the temperature from 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit to 200 degrees in less than a minute. Moderate amounts of oxygen are then pumped in to the space, to reduce the chance of backdraft.

PyroLance president Scott Alexander told CNN Money that his company is the sole manufacturer of the technology that can pierce barriers.

The goal of the gun is to prevent deadly backdrafts, toxic smoke environments and intense heat that limit firefighters from doing their job. The gun does not produce heat and does not create sparks.

PyroLance began supplying the Air Force five years ago, and the technology has since been adopted by the U.S. Navy as well as number of airports and fire services around the world.

Each system costs $15,000-$80,000, and the company hopes to sell 350 units at home and abroad over the next year.

   

Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Fire; Health and safety; Water blasting

Comment from Simon Hope, (2/9/2018, 4:04 AM)

Cutting materials with UHP and entrained garnet as the abrasive is nothing new and has been around for 20+ years! So I would doubt that PyroLance could claim sole manufacture, all they are doing is using existing technology and applying a slight twist in how they are using it.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Bullard
 
Upgrade with the Bullard GenVX
 
Click here for your blast helmet.
 

 
SABRE Autonomous Solutions
 
Repeatability
 
The ALPHA1 provides reliable results consistently allowing you to cost your next job with confidence.
 

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
 
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
 
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems
 
Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the system that best fits your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278
 

 
Blastox/The TDJ Group, Inc.
 
Blastox® - One Step Lead Abatement
 
Sandblast additive delivered to jobsite pre-blended to eliminate hazardous abrasive wastes. Why mix, meter or apply at the job-site? Blast with ease and
Let your painters paint!
1(800)-252-7869
 

 
Jotun Paints Inc.
 
Jotun Jotachar 1709
 
Mesh-free passive fire protection epoxy designed to protect against hydrocarbon pool fire scenarios for up to four hours as defined in the ANSI/UL1709 standard.
 

 
Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
 
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors
 
Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.
IndustrialVacuum.com
 

 
Graco Inc.
 
Graco EcoQuip 2: Experience the Difference
 
While others claim their equipment is the same, none of them compare to Graco’s EcoQuip 2™ Vapor Abrasive® blasting line. Visit graco.com/ecoquip to learn more.
 

 
US Minerals
 
Hit Harder. Clean Faster.
 
Black Diamond abrasive products are the toughest, most effective blasting media and supply the superior power you need to get any job done.
 

 
ARC / A.W. Chesterton Company
 
Superior Impact & Wear Resistant Lining
 
100% solids, impact resistant, ceramic reinforced, epoxy/urethane hybrid lining for severe abrasive wear and impact resistance.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us