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Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression

Common Sense Fire Suppression

It’s common sense that a building has to have an efficient Fire Suppression System in place that not only puts out a fire but also detects it early enough to cause minimal damage to the life inside and property. These days, Suppression Systems employ a variety of methods and tools to combat fires rapidly and effectively.

Among these methods, is the popular Condensed Aerosol Suppression System. This system is a particle-based form of fire extinction similar to gaseous fire suppression or dry chemical fire extinction. The aerosol in this system employs a fire extinguishing agent consisting of very fine solid particles and gaseous matter to extinguish fires. The condensed aerosol micro-particles and effluent gases are generated by the exothermic reaction and until discharged from the device, the particles remain in vapor state.

The Mechanics of  Aerosol Suppression

The solid particulates remain airborne significantly longer than other dry chemical suppression agents and leave much less residue. Whereas wet and dry chemical systems must be directly aimed at the flame, these aerosols are flooding agents and therefore effective regardless of the location and height of the fire. The agent can be delivered by means of mechanical operation, electric operation, or a combination of both. This system works by reduction and isolation of the fuel, the reduction of heat in the room, the reduction or isolation of oxygen, all restraining the chain reaction of these components… ultimately leading to the extinguishing of the fire.
The extinguishing performance of condensed aerosol suppressants is dependent on the density of aerosol particles in the immediate environment of the flame. The faster the agent can build around the flame, the more efficient the extinguishing agent will be in terminating the flame’s combustion process. Usually this system works exceptionally fast via a combination of the procedures described above.

Early Detection is Key

Most Condensed Aerosol Suppression systems come with a built in fire or smoke detection system too, which automatically releases the system’s mechanisms to perform fire extinguishing rapidly to allow minimal damage to life and property. This system can be used in both Total Flooding and Local Fire Protection applications, and are also suitable for special hazards applications as replacements for Halon 1301 Systems and high-pressure Carbon Dioxide Systems making them a cleaner and environment friendly method of the Suppression of a fire.

For this reason, Condensed Aerosol Fire Suppression systems are approved by the EPA as well as the Fire Protection Association of Australia as safe and acceptable methods of fire suppression. They have now become essential to industries as well as residential areas to help detect fires, control damage and loss to equipment and human lives.

Yours In Fire Safety

Alex

 

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