Water spray pattern discharged from high headroom atrium sprinkler

Wan Ki Chow, Rumin Yin

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The water spray patterns discharged from an atrium sprinkler are studied in this paper. Equations for calculating the size distribution and the trajectory of the droplets in the water spray are reviewed. The trajectories of water droplets are studied by solving the equation of motion, with the velocity components of droplets expressed in analytical form. A new droplet size distribution function for the water spray derived earlier from information theory was used. The shape of the sprinkler water sprays was calculated. Results are useful in studying the interaction between sprinkler and free-induced airflow. Furthermore, dividing the spray radius into different parts, the volume of water received at the floor level was calculated to determine an important parameter: the water distribution function.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-140
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Architectural Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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