SPR490 - Sprinklers II

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Subject Title
Sprinklers II

Subject Description
This subject is a continuation of SPR 190/195. Topics include wet and dry system operation, high piled storage, rack storage, standpipe systems, and residential systems.

Credit Status
One College course credit.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the operation and sketch the components of a wet or dry system riser
  2. Identify specific requirements for wet and dry systems in the NFPA 13 standard
  3. Interpret specifications for residential sprinkler systems from NFPA 13D/R
  4. Design a residential sprinkler system according to the criteria outlined in NFPA 13D/R
  5. Determine a commodity class and densities for all storage
  6. Explain how CMDA, CMSA and ESFR sprinklers are applied to high piled storage situations
  7. Interpret the criteria outlined in NFPA 13 relative to rack storage applications
  8. Design head layouts for rack storage applications
  9. Explain the various types of standpipe systems and how they are designed and tested as per NFPA 14 standard

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

SPR 195 or equivalent.
Access to NFPA Codes and Standards essential for Sprinkler Design program. (Provided by College)
A Windows operating system is required to use the SprinkCAD® software.

Topic Outline

  • The Alarm Line
  • Water Motor Gongs and Electric Alarms
  • System Operation
  • Water Supply Pressure Fluctuations
  • Riser Components

  • Dry Pipe Riser Arrangement
  • The Dry Pipe Valve
  • The Compressed Air Supply
  • Dry Pipe System Operation
  • Volume Limitations
  • Quick-Opening Devices


  • Residential Sprinklers
  • Water Supplies
  • Piping
  • Hydraulic Design

  • Steps for using NFPA 13 for High Piled Storage
  • Determining the Commodity Class
  • Determining the Density
  • Adjusting Density for Storage Height
  • Use of Standard, CMSA, and ESFR Sprinklers
  • Dealing with Plastics

  • Overview of Rack Storage. Commodity Class. General Requirements
  • Storage up to and including 25 feet in height
  • Storage over 25 feet in height
  • Determining Ceiling Sprinkler Density
  • In Rack Sprinklers
  • Dealing with Plastic

  • Hose and Valve Types
  • Types of Standpipe Systems
  • Classes of Standpipe Systems
  • Installation Requirements
  • Hose Connection Locations
  • Pressure and Flow Requirements
  • Testing

Mode of Instruction
Correspondence – independent learning with tutor support

Prescribed Texts
1. Seneca College Student Study Guide for SPR 490, Joseph W. Curry, Seneca College.

Study Guide is included in the tuition fee and will be mailed out to Correspondence students with their start up package.

2. NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA.

3. NFPA 14, Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems, NFPA.

4. NFPA 13D, Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, NFPA.
NFPA texts are not included in tuition fee and students are responsible for acquiring these texts on their own.

Reference Material

Required Supplies
Architects scale (English units), Mechanical pencil, Eraser, Circle template, Scientific Calculator.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
To obtain a passing grade for the subject, a student must complete and obtain a passing grade on all combined assignments and tests (term work) and also a passing grade on the final exam.  50% is a passing grade.  For further information on evaluation and academic standing, see a copy of the Academic Policy. 

Student competence of the subject matter as a whole will be measured by a final examination. The final grade will be computed according to the following:

 Assignments:  50%  
Term Test:      20%
Final Exam:    30% 


Approved by: Sandra Noble