ENFP 310: Water-based Fire Protection Systems Design

(3 credits)

Fire test with a MLRS pod

Fire test with a MLRS pod
Photo courtesy of
Andrew Neviackas ('06)
& Danielle Leikach ('06)

FIRE Center Sponsor: SimplexGrinnell


  • Fluid Mechanics (Enfp300)


  • Heat and Mass Transfer (ENFP 312).


  • NFPA13, which can be accessed free of charge at www.nfpa.org.

Course Description

  • This course will present students with an introduction to aqueous fire suppression systems. Key fluid dynamic and heat transfer processes will be covered so that students can design and analyze a water based fire protection system. This ability will be demonstrated through a sprinkler design project at the end of the semester.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify sprinkler design criteria in accordance with nationally recognized standards
  • Specify the types, locations and positions of sprinklers in a building
  • Perform hydraulic calculations to determine the demand of a sprinkler system
  • Evaluate whether a given water supply is adequate for a system

Topics Covered

  • Water based fire protection system design
  • Pipe hydraulics
  • Sprinkler spray physics
  • Fire pump systems
  • Sprinkler system design