American Airlines Foam Fire Sprinkler Test at O'Hare Airport

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F.E. Moran Fire Protection is proud to have won the plan/spec project for the American Airlines hangar at O’Hare Airport.

It is the largest pull through hangar at O’Hare Airport.
— Scott Acred, Superintendent

The project consisted of foam generators that output enough foam to contain a jet fuel fire that covered the entire airplane hangar.

The Customer: American Airlines

Since 1926, American Airlines has been been flying throughout the U.S. They started as a mail flight, with Charles Lindbergh, flying the first ever flight from St. Louis to Chicago. After eight years carrying mail, American Airlines shifted to passenger flights.

They have a rich history of providing passenger flights throughout the U.S. and internationally. In 2016, they were recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the best business turnarounds.

F.E. Moran Fire Protection was pleased to begin their joint project at O’Hare Airport in 2017, which finalized in October 2018.

The Project

F.E. Moran Fire Protection was hired for the American Airlines hangar fire protection project. The project involved designing and installing 28 Jet-X 27 generators, which flow 184 gallons per minute and output 19,548 cfm of foam. The expansion ratio is 795/1, and is a pre-action overhead.

This system could contain a jet-fuel fire that covered the entire hangar.

Project Team:

Sales: Ken Votava
Design: Tim Novak
Superintendent: Scott Acred
Foreman: Pat Manion, Tom Merz, and Corey Misch

F.E. Moran Fire Protection foam fire sprinklerteam

The Close

In November 2018, the project was officially complete. F.E. Moran Fire Protection worked with WE O’Neal (GC), WJE (engineer architect - designed the foam systems and wrote specifications), and Ghafari Associates, LLC (architect) on the foam fire sprinkler project. The test was a success, and you can view it in the video above.

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