(C02) gas has a high ratio of expansion which
facilitates rapid discharge and allows for three dimensional
penetration of the entire hazard area quickly. Carbon Dioxide
extinguishes a fire by reducing the oxygen content of the
protected area below the point where it can support combustion.
Carbon Dioxide Fire extinguishing systems typically store the
agent in one of two different ways: in high pressure cylinders,
or in low pressure CO2 tanks.
Due to the extreme
density of the Carbon Dioxide, it quickly and effectively
permeates the protected hazard area and suppresses the fire.
Rapid expansion of the 4-6 inches of Carbon Dioxide snow to gas
reduces the ambient temperature in the protected hazard area
which aids in the extinguishing process and retards re-ignition.
engineered, and installed properly, Carbon Dioxide fire
suppression systems will not normally damage sensitive
electronic equipment. Carbon Dioxide has no residual clean-up
associated with its use as a fire suppressing agent. When it
is properly ventilated, the gas escapes to atmosphere after
the fire has been extinguished.
Carbon Dioxide fire
extinguishing systems can be used to protect a wide variety of
hazards, marine applications, delicate electronic equipment,
high-voltage electrical equipment, without danger or damage.
CO2 Is Versatile
extinguishing properties of Carbon Dioxide allow it to be used
in a wide range of special hazards.
Elements of a
CO2 Fire Suppression System
A Carbon Dioxide Fire
Suppression system consists of one or more bank of cylinder
storage containers to supply the CO2 extinguishing agent.
Flexible discharge bends, or hoses, connects the cylinders
into a piping manifold. The manifold in turn distributes the
agent into the piping network. Nozzles regulate the flow of
CO2 into the protected area.