Aircore foam and water mist turbine innovation launched at 150 years Magirus

Published:  17 June, 2014

Last week Magirus, based in Ulm, Germany, launched a multitude of new innovations as part of the celebrations of its 150-year existence. Hemmingfire will be revealing all these new products over the coming weeks as well as in Fire and Rescue magazine Q3 with a full report. One of these new developments was Magirus Aircore, a high performance turbine for firefighting operations.

Firefighting operations in underground car parks, car tunnels or subway tunnels are among the greatest challenges for fire brigades due to the enormous amount of smoke and heat. In these deployment scenarios, conventional firefighting equipment very quickly reaches its limits; protracted firefighting that is dangerous for the personnel is the result. But fires and incidents in industrial facilities, refineries, large landfills, and airports also presents new challenges for fire brigades. Urban centres, including adjacent forest and meadow areas, are another potential area of use that should not be underestimated.

Magirus Aircore was created in cooperation with the TechnoAlpin Group, a specialist in snowblowing equipment.
The Magirus Aircore, is basically is a high-performance turbine – mounted on a vehicle or which can be used remote controlled – which can be rotated 360°, raised 50°, and lowered -20°. The drive is electrical or electro-hydraulic and requires only 25 kW of drive power. 'This is an advantage in terms of the reduction in requirements for the chassis,' said Marketing Manager Tobias Knebel. 'Built on an Iveco Daily chassis, the Aircore is a highly manoeuvrable vehicle for off-road use, which offers fire brigades a variety of tactical advantages in operations. This is especially true when a 4x4 chassis is used.'

'Among the main advantages of the Magirus Aircore is the optimal water atomisation. Its dosage ensures that the water particles have the exact size to achieve maximum cooling effect and the resulting rapid success in extinguishing the fire. In regard to the throw distance, no compromises need to be made.
'Moreover, the response time is significantly reduced, thereby optimising the efficiency of use. With an effective depth of up to 80 m, operations can be carried out from a much greater distance than with conventional extinguishing agents, increasing the safety of the personnel,' Tobias added.

The Magirus Aircore is very manuevrable during firefighting operations and different extinguishing media such as water and foam, in variable proportion, from direct to indirect can be utilised. The turbine can be used for the entire range of fire classes of A to F. The amount of water used is ranges from 1000 l/min to 3500 l/min when using the monitor head is centrally positioned within the turbine and is used as a water cannon.

The Magirus Aircore can also be used as a PPV fan with an airflow of up to 105,000 sqm/h with only a low noise level of only 70 dB during full load operation.

On the Daily chassis the Aircore is positioned at the rear of the vehicle, making it possible to use the entire effective radius without restriction. An optional device compartment behind the cab also offers the possibility of integrating an extinguishing agent tank. An included portable fire pump ensures that the turbine is supplied with sufficient pressure if necessary.

  • Operation Florian

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