Novec Gaseous Fire Suppression Systems consist of Novec 1230 fluid which is a fluorinated ketone and is manufactured by 3M.
Novec 1230 fluid has low toxicity and has a boiling point of 49°C and therefore exists as a liquid at room temperature. Like halon 1301 and FM200 it is super-pressurised with nitrogen to 25 bar. Like most other chemical agents, it rapidly extinguishes through a combination of heat absorption (its main action) and some chemical interference at the flame front.
Novec 1230 fluid contains neither bromine nor chlorine and has zero ozone depleting potential.
The atmospheric lifetime of Novec 1230 fluid is estimated to be in the range of 3-5 days and with a global warming potential of 1, it is considered that the Novec 1230 fluid has no measurable impact on climate change. These attributes ensure that Novec 1230 fluid represents a truly sustainable technology.
Acute toxicity testing has shown that Novec 1230 fluid is safe at end use concentrations. The effective toxicity exposure limit is greater than 10% for both the acute inhalation exposure and cardiac sensitisation No Observed Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) and set against low design concentrations, it offers margins of safety (up to 100%).
Despite having a low boiling point, Novec 1230 fluid is able to be effectively vapourised over a wide range of hazard temperatures. It is therefore available to protect most hazards traditionally protected with halon 1301 and will be particularly important in Marine applications and others where high margins of safety and long-term sustainability are considered to be important features.
• Fast acting
• No Ozone depleting Potential (ODP)
• No Global Warming Potential (GWP)
• Safe for use in occupied areas
• Requires minimal storage space
• Data Centres
• Telecoms facilities
• Archive stores
• Laboratories /Clean Rooms
• Petrochem facilities
• Gas turbines
• Power generation
For further information on Novec 1230 Suppression Systems Design, Installation, Servicing or if you require a quotation or free site survey please contact the Gaseous Suppression Division.