Event Title

Stop Burning Down the House Bellingham Fire Department Nozzle Design Project

Co-Author(s)

Zena Moran, Ryan McNamara, Daniel Kellum, McKenna O'Keefe

Research Mentor(s)

Leonhardt, Eric

Description

The Bellingham Fire Department approached the Vehicle Research Institute to design and build a prototype nozzle extension that would allow firefighters to approach a fire in a high rise building from the floor directly below the fire. Inspired by a design proposed by the New York Fire Department, Bellingham Station No. 3's Captain Mark Brennan and his team wanted a rugged, lightweight tool that could be supported on a window ledge. A team of vehicle design students collaborated with the firefighters and a mechanical engineering student from Stanford to determine requirements, calculate flow rates, and estimate loading conditions. The vehicle students designed and built one adjustable nozzle extension before building a final prototype. Testing was performed at Station No. 3 and at a Whatcom County test facility off of Highway 542.

Document Type

Event

Start Date

May 2020

End Date

May 2020

Department

Engineering and Design, Vehicle Design

Genre/Form

student projects, posters

Type

Image

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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Stop Burning Down the House Bellingham Fire Department Nozzle Design Project

The Bellingham Fire Department approached the Vehicle Research Institute to design and build a prototype nozzle extension that would allow firefighters to approach a fire in a high rise building from the floor directly below the fire. Inspired by a design proposed by the New York Fire Department, Bellingham Station No. 3's Captain Mark Brennan and his team wanted a rugged, lightweight tool that could be supported on a window ledge. A team of vehicle design students collaborated with the firefighters and a mechanical engineering student from Stanford to determine requirements, calculate flow rates, and estimate loading conditions. The vehicle students designed and built one adjustable nozzle extension before building a final prototype. Testing was performed at Station No. 3 and at a Whatcom County test facility off of Highway 542.