Fire fighting water tanks require a large, fast flowing volume of water with a vortex inhibitor playing a key role in preventing air being drawn into the system and reducing the flow. Vortex inhibitors are fitted to the outlet pipe of the pumped water system.
As LPBC statnds require the usable water level to be no less than 100mm above the lowest suction point, the height of the vortex inhibitor also affects the effective capacity within a sprinkler tank.
Simple vortex inhibitors are available commercially; however the Balmoral FireFlow vortex inhibitor provides a significantly improved design which optimises both the capacity of the tank and the flow rate.
Balmoral’s LPCB-approved vortex inhibitor was designed using computation fluid dynamics to remove burbelent areas that would other reduct the flow rate.
Balmoral’s unique design fully meets the requirements of LPCB’s LPS 2070 and BE EN 12845 standards, including pipe dimensions, flow rate and mechanical strength, but with the advantage of increasing the effective capacity of the tank and decreasing the suction loss through the vortex inhibitor by an industry-leading 30%.
The injection moulded vortex inhibitors are made from structural thermosetting polyurethane, are fully corrosion resistant and range from 80-450mm in diameter. These PU materials are used by Balmoral’s offshore division at water depths of 2000m and beyond.
“AE” Vortex Inhibitors are provided to attachment to pump suction pipes installed in cleaned water storage tanks. They are design to eliminate any vortex within the pump suction pipes, hence ensuring the pump is fully primed at all times. This prevents the pump from being damaged, ensuring maximum delivery is achieved.
• Compact design.
• Lightweight and robust construction.
• Corrosion resistance.
• Reliable performance with no maintenance required.
Polypropelene, stainless wire mesh, bolts, nuts and washers.
The product is guaranteed against defect in the materials and workmanship within one year from date of delivery.