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Wildfire suppressant rheology. Mapping viscosity as a function of product mix ratios

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Author
Refai, Razim
Yang, Junyi
Tsai, Peichun Amy
Date
January 2021
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
that is part of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta. All data presented
Author
Refai, Razim
Yang, Junyi
Tsai, Peichun Amy
Contributor
University of Alberta
Date
January 2021
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
20 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Fire retardant
Retardant
Viscosity
Water
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2021 n.3
Location
Alberta
Language
English
Abstract
The USDA Forest Service’s Qualified Product List (QPL) provides guidance on the range of permissible mix ratios for water-enhancer products. Due to the proprietary nature of water-enhancer products, there are several unknowns about the rheology of the permissible mix ratios. This study focused on mapping the viscosity of various suppressant products as a function of their mix ratios. The results revealed a wide range of viscosities across products, with each product showing a different non-linear relationship with different mix ratios. The results from this study can help understand the optimum viscosity range to achieve desired drop characteristics during aerial operations.
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