17. Fire-Fighting Foam Technology

  1. Paul Stevenson
  1. Thomas J. Martin

Published Online: 8 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119954620.ch17

Foam Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications

Foam Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications

How to Cite

Martin, T. J. (2012) Fire-Fighting Foam Technology, in Foam Engineering: Fundamentals and Applications (ed P. Stevenson), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119954620.ch17

Editor Information

  1. Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Author Information

  1. Chemical Technology and Quality Assurance, Research & Development, Chemguard, Inc., Mansfield, TX, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 17 FEB 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470660805

Online ISBN: 9781119954620



  • fire-fighting foam technology;
  • fire-fighting foams, in extinguishing ongoing fires;
  • mechanical agitation in foam generation;
  • application of fire-fighting foams, equipment-intensive;
  • requirements of fire-fighting foams, and physical properties;
  • class A fire-fighting foams, wetting of fuel substrate;
  • class B foams, non-polar hydrocarbon fires not extinguished with water;
  • hydrocarbon surfactants, ingredients in fire-fighting foam;
  • testing foam formulation, and quality control efforts;
  • fire-fighting foams, meeting performance demands


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • History

  • Applications

  • Physical Properties

  • Chemical Properties

  • Testing

  • The Future

  • Acknowledgements

  • References