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Publication numberUS392251 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateNov 6, 1888
Filing dateMar 2, 1885
Publication numberUS 392251 A, US 392251A, US-A-392251, US392251 A, US392251A
InventorsHoeace Wymaist
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Fire-extinguishing apparatus
US 392251 A
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Description  (OCR text may contain errors)

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FIRE-EXTINGUISHINGAPPARATUS. No. 392,251. Patented- Nov. 6, 1888.

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SPECIFICATION forming part of Letters Patent No. 392,251, dated November 6, 1888.

Application filed March 2, 1885.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HORACE WYMAN, of Worcester city and county, State of Massachusetts, have invented an Improvement in Fire-Extinguishing Apparatus, of which the following description, in connection with the accompanying drawing, is a specification, like letters on the drawing representing like parts.

My invention relates to a fire-extinguishing apparatus of the kind which forms a perma nent part of the building or structure to be pro tected, consisting of pipes for water or other extinguishing material extended through the structure and provided with sprinklers or distributers and means to automatically permit the water to flow therefrom when the temperature is raised above the normal point by the breaking out of a fire.

The present invention is embodied in an apparatus of the class in which the water or fireextinguishing material fiis normally excluded from the pipes in the building by a main valve located near the point where it enters the structure, and the said main valve as well as the various sprinklers or distributers are controlled by devices sensitive to a rise in temperature, so that on the breaking out of the fire the main valve is opened, admitting water to the distributing-pipes, from which it is delivcred through the sprinklers or distributers that happen to be exposed to the rise in temperature.

In the present invention the main valve is normally held seated by the pressure of a fluid on a piston or equivalent connected with the main valve, and the said valve-holding fluid is controlled by a valve itself governed by a a change in pressure in a series of pipes also exsame as that of the surrounding atmosphere,

Serial No. 157.47%. (No model.)

and such change in its pressure causes the pressure of the valve-holding fluid to be reduced and permits the main valve to open.

This invention is distinguishable from that set forth in my application,Serial No.l54=,642, filed February 2, 1885, in that it is a pressure apparatus, whereas the earlier case sets forth a vacuum apparatus. With this statement, then, I desire to say I do not broadly claim here the combination, in a vacuum fireextinguisher system, of a pressure-chamber pro vided with a movable partition or head and having an internal pressure different from that of the atmosphere, a connected pipe provided with a closed aperture or apertures fitted to open by a rise of temperature of the surrounding atmosphere, and a water-supply her is restored to that of the atmosphere the pressure of the water and the external atmosphere will operate the water-valve and let on a supply of water.

The drawing shows, in diagram and partly in vertical section, a fire-extinguishing appa- Iatus embodying this invention.

The main pipe a, connected with a supply of water or other material suitable for extinguishing fire, and a series of pipes, 1), leading therefrom, and provided with branches 6, extending throughout the structure or space to be protected, and provided with the distributers or sprinklers 0', may be of any suitable or usual construction, the sprinklers being normally sealed or closed by the action of material sensitive to a rise in temperature such, for instance, as an easily-fusible solder such devices being well known.

The water (which term is intended to include as an equivalent any fire-extinguishing material) in the pipe to is normally excluded from-the pipes b b by a main valve, 0, normally held upon a seat or shoulder, d, in a chamber, 0, communicating with the pipe a. The stemf of the said valve is extended into a chamber, 9, and provided with a piston, h, or a diaphragm which would be equivalent thereto, in the said chamber, which is normally filled with a fluid, which by its pressure on the said piston prevents the same from being moved by the pressure of the water in the chamber 011 the valve 0, which latter pressure, tends to unseat or open the said valve.

The chamber 1/ is provided with an escape- 5 passage, i, normally closed by a valve, [-7, which may be of very small area, so that, although it is subjected to the same pressure per inch as the piston 71, the total pressure on the said valve may be very small and overcome by a very slight force.

The controlling-valve 1:, which governs the escape of fluid from the chamber g, and'con sequently governs the operation of the main valve 0, is shown as retained on its seat by a diaphragm, in, bearing on the stem n of the valve 7- the said diaphragm being itself acted upon by the pressure of a fluid (usually air) in a chamber, 0, connected with a series of pipes, pqneferably ofsmall diameter, and pro vided with sensitive devices, 1', adjacent to the sprinklers c of the water-pipes, the said de vices being normally sealed and retaining the fluid in the pipes; but when affected by a rise in temperature they operate to unseal the pipes and establish com munieation between the interior of the said pipes and the external atmosphere.

The diaphragm m is of much greater area than the valve Ir, so that a given pressure per square inch on the diaphragm will balance a much greater pressure per square inch on the said valve 7;, and the piston I1 is also shown as of greater area than the main valve 0, so that the pressure on said piston 71 and the valve 7. will balance a larger pressure per square inch on the valve 0. For instance, if we suppose that the pressure of the water in the pipe a is forty pounds to the square inch and the piston it four times the area of the said valve 0, it would only require a pressure of ten pounds to the square inch in the chamber y to retain the valve seated, and if the valve l.: were a square inch in area and the diaphragm in twenty square inches it would only require a pressure of half a pound to the square inch on the diaphragm to retain the valve 1.: seated, and thus maintain a pressure in the chamber 5/ sufficient to restrain the piston h and valve 0 from moving. It will therefore be snflicient for perfect security to retain a pressure of only a few pounds above that ol' the atmosphere in the pipe 1), which pressure would be so slight that there would be but little danger of leakage from the said pipes. Any suitable fluid may be employed in the chamber y, and, as herein shown, means are provided for filling the said chamber with material under apressure sufficient to retain the main valve seated, the chamber 9 being connected with the pipe a by a pipe, i, containing a stop-cock, t.

In placing the apparatus in operative con dition the stop-cock t is opened, admitting water from the pipe a into the chamber 9 until the piston II or its equivalent is raised far enough to press the valve 0 to its seat. The stop-cock t is then closed and the pressure maintained in the chamber g by the controlling-valve k, itself governed by the pressure in the pi pc and made operative by the change of pressure in the said pipe in coming to the atmospheric pressure, when the said pipe is opened or unsealed by one of the devices 1'.

If desired, the pressure in the pipe 1) may be below instead of above the atmospheric pressure, in which case the said pipe would enter the lower side of the chamber 0, and the upper side of the said chamber would be left open to the atmosphere. The main pipe a is shown as provided with a stop-valve, a, which maybe closed in order to empty the pipesb I), or to retain them empty while the valve 0 is being closed and the chamber g filled and the pressure adjusted in the pipes 17, and after the parts are all. properly adjusted the stop-valve u may be opened, when the water will be excluded from the pipes b b by the valve 0 until one of the sensitive devices in the pipes 1' is operated, causing a change of the pressure in the said pipes.

If desired, the airpressure by which the valve 7.1 is governed may be maintained in the pipes 71 b themselves instead of in a separate series of pipes, in which case the chamber 0 will be connected with the pipe I) by a suitable branch pipe, and the distributors c or other sensitive devices in the pipes b might be depended on to establish communication between the interior of the said pipes and the surrounding atmosphere.

I claimii. The main supply-pipe a and distributing-pipes b, combined with a main valve, 0,

intercepting the main and distributing pipes and sealed against the pressure of the fluid in the main pipe, a pressurochamber, y, piston 71, arranged in said chamber and connected with the said valve and normally supported by pressure, so as to seat the said valve, an air-charged pipe connected with said chamber and sealed from the external atmosphere, and a valve normally seated in the outlet of said chamber by the air-pressnre in said air charged pipe and unseated by the escape of air from said pipe by their unsealing, incident to a dangerous rise of temperature, substantially as described.

2. The main supply-pipe and the distributing-pipes connected therewith, the main valve for controlling the flow of fluid from the former to the latter named pipes, and a fluidpressure chamber, and a piston therein connected to said valve and when under pressure in said chamber normally sustaining the said valve seated against the pressure in the main pipe, combined with an outlet, 6, for said pressure-chamber, a valve, k, in said outlet, at diaphragm, m, connected to the stem of said lastnamed valve, an air-pressure chamber, 0, in which said diaphragm is arranged, and a pipe communicating with the said air'chambcr and containing air under pressure and closed from a normal external atmosphere and opened for the escape of air by an abnormal atmosphere, substantially as described.

3. In a fire-extinguishing apparatus, in combination with an air-chamber, a pipe nor- 5 mally having an internal air-pressure different from that of the atmosphere and provided with a closed aperture or apertures fitted to open by a rise in temperature of the surrounding atmosphere, a water-supply pipe 10 provided with a stop-valve, a chamber having a piston in operative connection with the stopvalve, and a valve or cook in operative eonnection with the air-chamber and with the chamber having the piston, as and for the purpose set forth.

In testimony whereof I have signed my name to this specification in the presence of two subscribing witnesses.

HORACE WYMAN. \Vitnesses:


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