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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kidde Argonite® Fire Suppression System

Kidde Argonite® Fire Suppression System

1. The Argonite fire suppression system uses an inert gas that offers effective fire protection with zero environmental impact. It is a simple blend of 50% Argon gas and 50% Nitrogen gas with a density similar to that of air. Both Argon and Nitrogen are clean, natural gases that are readily available throughout the world. Argonite is safe and effective for use on many applications—it is well suited for leaky enclosures such as flight simulators, substations, and control rooms and for application with multiple hazards.
2. Argonite is an inert gas that extinguishes fire based on the principle of oxygen depletion. Argonite is an environmentally acceptable clean agent that offers Zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and Zero Global Warming Potential (GWP). It is safe for use in a wide range of sensitive applications where people are present and is electronically non-conductive. Argonite produces no post fire residue: thus, there is no damage to protected equipment and nothing to clean up. 
3. Argonite extinguishes fire by physically removing oxygen from the atmosphere. In occupied areas, people can breathe argonite at extinguishing concentrations without fear. There are no toxicological factors associated with the use of argonite and argonite will not decompose or produce any by-products when exposed to a flame from a fire condition.
4. Argonite is made of an equal blend of nitrogen and argon. It is suitable for fighting fires in confined spaces. Because its molecular weight is close to that of air, it lingers longer when discharged to extinguish a fire. This reduces the need for hermetic sealing of a protected room – a process that can be very expensive.
5. Should a fire start, Argonite is injected rapidly into the room, reducing the oxygen level from the normal 21% to between 11% and 13%. This is too low for further combustion to take place, yet high enough to allow essential safety personnel to operate.
6. Argonite suppression systems are suited to either total flooding or local applications. When more than a single room or compartment is protected, it is recommended that a central bank of argonite cylinders be connected via diverter valves. This is the most cost effective and efficient solution.
The design, installation, testing and maintenance of the above stated Argonite fire suppression system shall be in accordance to the following codes, standards and regulatory bodies:
A. NFPA 2001 – Standard for Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems – 2004 edition.
B. NFPA 12A – Halon 1301 Fire Extinguishing Systems
C. UL 2166 – Standard for Halocarbon Clean Agent Extinguishing System Units
D. Factory Mutual Approval Guide
E. ANSI B1.20.1 – Standard for pipe threads, General Purpose, 1992
F. Design and installation practices set forth by system manufacturer
G. NFPA 70 - NEC – National Electrical Code
H. NFPA 72 – National Fire Alarm Code
I. Requirements of the Local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
The Fire suppression system must have the following listings and approvals:
A. FM Approved – Factory Mutual Research Center
B. ULC Listed – Underwriters Laboratories of Canada
The manufacturer shall meet ISO 9001 requirements for the design, production and distribution of the Argonite fire suppression systems.

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1 comment:

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