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08 Jun Pump Up the Bass to Douse a Blaze: Mason Students’ Invention Fights Fires

The fire extinguisher uses low-frequency sound waves to douse a blaze. Engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson now hold a preliminary patent application for their potentially revolutionizing device. www.gmu.edu

  • R-Bee Media
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June


  • StHamster
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Полная хрень. Это будет работать только на ьаких маленьких предметах. Он просто сбивает пламя, а доступ воздуха не перекрывает, в связи с чем огонь снова разгорится (что и произошло бы, если проверяли бы не на горящей жидкости, а на дровах, например). Вроде взрослые парни, а такие тупые…

  • Mahmoud dep.
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    yea but how does it work?

  • Iain Patterson
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    This is genius

  • ShadowDrakken
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Pretty cool, have you guys tested it on different combinations of fuels and accelerants to see if it's equally effective at things like wood fires, charcoal fires, etc?

  • G. William Whaaargargle
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Good job, guys, I'm proud of you.

  • Anton Savinkov
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Это только сковородки так можно, или что-то реальное можно потушить?
    It can snuff out only a fry pan, or something serious?

  • CamelCash000
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    The applications that this device and technology can offer are amazing. I'm speaking for home owners and people with electronics. Which is pretty much everyone. No one likes sprinkler systems anymore. We all have too many valuables that are damage by water. Imagine only installing basically a sound system around your house to suppress and extinguish a fire. 

    Many data centers don't even have sprinkles and go for fire suppressant systems because water is not an option. But those suppressant systems are insanely expensive. Hopefully this can be the better alternative. 

    Amazing work guys. As a network administrator, I truly do appreciate the work that you have created. I hope this goes big and I can have this system installed in my server rooms. 

  • nathan
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    good on you guys

  • Eddy M
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    When something is deemed "impossible", that just means someone has yet to figure out an ingenious solution to overcome said obstacle. There are no limits, and no impossibilities; there are only the limits that humanity sets for itself.

  • Derpy Hooves
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Oh, that PSU makes it look like a prototype proton pack))
    Awesome idea, keep it up!

  • Stranger the Avatar
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    You did some good work right there, sir, greetings from le'Reddit member, Stranger. Farewell.

  • WaffleAbuser
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    What's the music in this clip?

  • Joel Reis
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Its stuff like this that makes me believe we live in the future. Keep up the good work.

  • KrisImmersion
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    This is basically the exact same thing as blowing wind on a fire… only with an instrument

  • hausaffe
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    how shoud this would work on a woodfire with a lot of ember?

  • Nove
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    hip mounted power supply, 10/10

  • wombamatic
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    well done guys, electrical engineers rule! (from a fellow electrical industry student and tradesman). Good luck with your future endeavours.

  • Alex Healy
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Serious question here, hope this applies..
    How did these students obtain funding for their project?

  • Thagyr
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Even though the practicality vs what is available now is debatable. The proof of concept is amazing. 

  • Tim Boomer
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Does this extinguish just gasous vapor or has it been tested to extinguish burning material?

  • Ferl M
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    The fire didn't go out. You make a video about how you built the "fire extinguisher" and don't even show it putting out fires (well it made it die down but not out, when baking soda would do it a lot quicker and safer). Why didn't you set a piece of paper or wood or fire and put it out? Is it because it won't put the fire out? I think you have a great idea, but will not be practical.

  • Matt Piersma
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    The aviation industry uses the same halon (cfc) fire suppression chemicals since 1995 when thier manufacture was banned. All those systems will need to be replaced one of these days. The demo looked like a small version of the engine fires the cfc systems wait for.

  • Disgruntled Tail-wagger
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    the asian did all the work, the black is only there to provide some diversity and "fairness"

  • Gustav Pls
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Advance it to be used as a weapon !

  • doadouble
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    when there's fire on the mic, turn up the bass!

  • 1wsx10
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    they have a fan to cool the device… why not use that to extinguish the fire?

  • John
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Amazing great work

  • Greg Smiley
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    I'm skeptic on real world application, thats a lot of air movement needed to douse a fire that would be larger than say a waste paper basket.  You talk about drones and forest fires, I have a hard tiome seeing this being applicable or effective when there are safe chemicals that would doa better job and continue to suffocaste the fire, where as this would need a constant power source.  Perhaps over a stovetop? But what is the human impact?  I've seen vids of books being shredded by isolated sound, so, again, i'm skeptical of this being a viable alternative, Darpa did this years ago, and they too doubt this is going to be an alternative. 

  • naoyuki sasanami
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    here is the drop!

  • Laughing Achilles
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Applicable to the real world or not, it's a really cool invention. Would it be useful in niche applications, such as lab settings where chemical fire extinguishers can be troublesome? Or where you don't want to blast around whatever it is you are trying to put out? I imagine one of the big problems with larger fires is the remaining heat even when the flames are gone as it can cause things to light back up.

  • Lukas Krenn
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    this can be used in war..one day

  • Hopkinsville Goblin
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Could you use this to suffocate someone?

  • deiz92
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Came because of Reddit. I like the video and the idea. And fyi, the etymology of engineering is along the lines of 'a genius design' orginating from Latin 'Ingenious' (or something) and morphed into the word 'engineering'. So yea, this is engineering. Good luck with the project.

  • marijn kant
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Im not a smart person by any means but isnt this realy good to like stop the fire for a bit so the fire acces the fire more easy and then put it out???

  • Lkhagvasuren Davaatseren
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    how strong it must be to be useful in the forest fire? I am assuming it could help it spread more if not sufficient enough, right?

  • Bruno N.
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Try to do it with firing wood. 

  • dooshtoomun
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    I'm just picturing firefighters carrying boom boxes into a burning house

  • adrian15041994
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    I actually thought it was the sound waves themselves extinguishing the fire…

  • DC Ranger
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June


  • The Recombinant
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Got a couple questions, if you do not mind me asking. 
    1. How portable is the device? ie. Is it heavy? If so, how much does it weigh?
    2. How much did it cost to make?
    3. Are there any components that degrade quicker than others and need constant replacing?
    4. How much electricity is needed to power the device?
    5. Does this device work on larger fires? Or so far small fires are the most successful in your test?
    6. Does the fuel source matter? ie. does the machine have easier time extinguishing fires gasoline in comparison to wood?
    Sorry, for so many questions. I just find this really interesting to use vibrations to put out fires. This is really cool and this has a mountain of applications. So thank you for your time and hope for a reply.  

  • Dudewithwings
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    This is amazing!!! I can only imagine how much water can be saved if we just had a huge one to clear a building. Though you may want to design it so the humming sound breaks cell phones screens that are out in the open so the fire department can clear out crowds of butt heads who get in the way so they can have a 50 pictures to post on their tumbler.

  • alvisc2002
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    what the?!  HOW!!!

  • ankurama
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Rush Hour but for Electrical engineers.
    10/10 would see.

  • Dana Lordson
    Posted at 23:40h, 08 June

    Can you say Fire suppression of the Future!