Introduced to the market in by Fike, ECARO is an electrically non-conductive, non-corrosive fire suppression agent that is free of residue and has a zero ozone-depletion potential. To suppress a fire, the agent relies upon its ability to absorb the heat energy from the combustion reaction at the molecular level along with forming free radicals that chemically interfere with the chain reaction of the combustion process. Stored in a sealed cylinder in a liquid state, ECARO discharges through nozzles attached to a pipe network that is activated by a comprehensive control system of detectors and pull stations. In addition, the superior physical properties of ECARO allows us to utilize small diameter piping over long distances, making the clean agent pipe network design much easier and less expensive. ECARO does not displace oxygen and therefore is safe for use in occupied spaces without fear of oxygen deprivation. Fire protection is important to your business.
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Although it has zero ozone depletion potential , it has high global warming potential , reported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency EPA as times that of carbon dioxide. Pentafluoroethane in a near zeotropic mixture with difluoromethane is known as RA , a common replacement for various chlorofluorocarbons commonly known as Freon in new refrigerant systems.
Pentafluoroethane is also used as a fire suppression agent in fire suppression systems. It is generally used in situations where water from a fire sprinkler would damage expensive equipment, or where water-based fire protection is impractical, such as museums, banks, clean rooms and hospitals.
The HFC clean agent is stored in a pressurized container and introduced into the hazard as a gas. The agent is odorless, colorless, electrically non-conductive, non-corrosive, and leaves no residue.
It is used in occupied enclosed areas that contain high-value assets. HFC suppresses fire by absorbing heat energy at its molecular level faster than the heat can be generated, so the fire cannot sustain itself. It also forms free radicals to chemically interfere with the chain reaction of the combustion process. This makes it a highly effective fire fighting agent that is safe for people and causes no damage to equipment. HFC is a non-ozone depleting replacement for Halon In addition, HFC leaves no residue on valuable equipment after discharge.
When introduced to the market HFC was not considered safe for use in occupied spaces. Generally, class B flammable liquid hazards require concentrations that exceed the agent's no-observed-adverse-effect level NOAEL so extra precautions must be taken to avoid prolonged exposure to the agent. At high temperatures, pentafluoroethane will decompose and produce hydrogen fluoride. This is observable as presence of sharp, pungent odour, which can be perceived in concentrations far below a dangerous level.
Other decomposition products include carbonyl fluoride , carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. Prior to re-entry of a room where HFC system has been activated to suppress a fire, the atmosphere should be tested.
An Acid Scavenging Additive added to pentafluoroethane is able to reduce the amount of hydrogen fluoride. FE is a registered trademark of E. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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How many enterprises, businesses and customers would be negatively impacted if your equipment or network were to go down? And how quickly could you get back on line Even one day lost to fire-related downtime can mean lost revenues, customers and profits. You know you should protect against fire.
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HFC is an odorless, colorless, liquefied compressed gas. It is stored as a liquid and dispensed into the hazard as a colorless, electrically non-conductive vapor that is clear and does not obscure vision. HFC extinguishes a fire by a combination of chemical and physical mechanisms. FE absorbs heat energy at its molecular level faster than the heat can be generated, so the fire cannot sustain itself. FE also forms free radicals to chemically interfere with the chain reaction of the combustion process. HFC does not displace oxygen and therefore is safe for use in occupied spaces without fear of oxygen deprivation. This allows personnel to see and breathe, permitting them to leave the fire area safely.