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Learn About Fire Protection Systems Used In The Industry.

Automatic fire protection systems are used to protect buildings and occupants from fire and its effects.

In this course, students will come to understand the different active fire protection and detection methods available and apply the most appropriate protection method. They will comprehend how these systems complement each other and work together to achieve fire and life safety goals for buildings. This course will also cover current design and installation standards, design and application of water-based fire suppression systems as this is the most common fire protection system used throughout the world today, and fire pump sizing and design. Students will be using hydraulic calculations and risk-based hazard evaluations to design water-based suppression systems. Assignments will focus and use real-world examples and industry references. 

Course Highlights:

  • Detection and Alarm Introduction
  • Water-Based Fire Protection System Components
  • Fire Sprinkler System Layout
  • Hazard and Hydraulic Calculations
  • Hanging and Seismic Bracing of Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Fire Pumps and Water Tanks
  • Role of Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems
  • Introduction of other water-based fire protection systems (water spray, mist, foam)
  • Introduction of non-water-based fire protection systems

Course Benefits:

  • Analyze and design active fire protection systems.
  • Determine appropriate fire protection systems to achieve fire and life safety goals.
  • Apply current design and installation standards.

Software: PDF viewer with markup capabilities or similar program, Microsoft excel or similar is required for this course.

Course Typically Offered: Online during Fall and Spring quarters 

Prerequisites:  Students should have knowledge in chemistry, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics.

Next steps:  Upon completion of this course, consider taking other courses in the Fire Protection Engineering Certificate

More information: Contact unexengr@ucsd.edu to learn more about Fire Protection Engineering and course offerings.

Course Number: MAE-40040
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)
Related Certificate Programs: Fire Protection Engineering