FAQ about the Turbinator
How can the Turbinator be integrated into your own system or application? Here you will find the most frequently asked questions and answers. Do you have an other question? Ask us!
Can Turbinator be installed into an existing system?
Yes, easily installed into existing piping systems either vertically or horizontally.
Does Turbinator work with all foam types?
Yes, suitable for all types of foam concentrate from low to high viscosity.
Can the Turbinator be tested without foam?
Yes, the Turbinator can be simply tested with water in place of foam concentrate, providing cost saving and environmentally conscientious design.
Does Turbinator need a pressure tank for the foam concentrate?
No, foam concentrate connection can be hard piped to a fixed storage vessel / foam supply or can be connected via hose to any atmospheric foam tank or IBC.
Should the foam concentrate inlet be flooded and primed prior to use?
No, the Turbinator has a very strong suction lift capability so the foam storage can be 3m below the level of the Turbinator. No priming or venting is necessary at start-up.
Can the Turbinator be used with brackish or sea water?
Yes, range includes units suitable for sea water and freshwater.
Can two Turbinator’s be installed in parallel?
Yes, provided the piping network is correctly balanced.
Does Turbinator need an external power source?
No, Turbinator is driven using firewater with zero waste water. As the Turbinator requires no power source it is therefore intrinsically safe and can be used in hazardous areas without reservation.
Is the Turbinator resistant to debris in firewater systems?
Yes, the water motor was designed using two lobe paddles to allow potential contaminants/ debris to pass through the unit without blocking it.
Can the end of line flow rate be varied and maintain the same foam mixing ratio?
Yes, as both the motor and pump are positive displacement rotary devices, for every revolution of the water motor a fixed volume of water passes through the machine, and similarly for every revolution of the foam pump a fixed volume of concentrate is delivered. In this way the required water to foam mixing ratio is obtained regardless of operating pressure.
Does the Turbinator foam inlet require priming prior to use?
There is no need to prime the suction hose prior to use. Any air in the suction line will just pass through the pump without causing damage; no operator action is required for priming or venting.
Can the Turbinator be run dry in accordance with NFPA 20?
Yes, because the pump and the motor are closed coupled the unit uses firewater to lubricate the foam pump in the event the foam runs out. The Turbinator complies with NFPA 20 for dry running.