FNovec™1230 Fire Suppression System
|After more than 10 years of research to find a new fire extinguishing agent as replacement alternative to Halons 1301, 3M™ Company (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.) has introduced a product called NOVEC™1230, or also known as fluorinated Keton, or Dodecafluoro2-Methylpentane-3-One. NOVEC™1230 has met the rigorous requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and International Association of Fire.|
3M™ NOVEC™1230 Fire Protection Fluid, dodecafluoro-2-methylpentan-3-one, (CF3CF2C(O)CF(CF3)2), is a clear, colorless and low odor fluid in natural conditions and has the weak bond between molecules and the boiling point at 49.20 C, evaporate easily at normal temperature 250C. This liquid is electrically non-conductive and absorbs heat very well, so when discharged into the electronics, heat of board makes NOVEC™1230 to evaporate in a matter of seconds, does not make the device short circuit.
NOVEC™1230 is contained in the plastic container in normal conditions rather than high pressurized cylinders such as nitrogen or CO2, That means that you can air freight NOVEC™1230 fluid in bulk quantities if needed for refills instead of the very limited quantities of gases that can be air shipped. In case of leakage, NOVEC™1230 will evaporate and degrade in 5 days against the solar light.
With a zero ozone depletion potential (ODP), a global warming potential (GWP) of just one, and an atmospheric lifetime (ALT) of only 5 days, NOVEC™1230 fluid has virtually no measurable impact on climate change.
A low design concentration of 4 to 6% in combination with a high No Observable Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) of 10% means it provides a safety margin of up to 100%. In addition, there is no risk of human asphyxiation with NOVEC™1230 fluid since it does not act by oxygen depletion in the hazard zone. It is much safer than any other fire extinguishing agents.
NOVEC™1230 fluid discharges as a colourless, electrically non-conductive and noncorrosive gas that does not damage sensitive equipment. There is no post-discharge residue, no costly clean-up operations are required, and down-time is kept to a minimum.
NOVEC™1230 fluid puts fires out quickly, before they can do any serious damage. It does this by reaching extinguishing concentrations in ten seconds or less. It is effective on a wide range of Class A, B and electrical fires.
NOVEC ™ 1230 is ideal for fire suppressant application for the areas of high-value assets with strict requirements on safety and environment, such as:
- Computer suites, EDP facilities and telecommunications hardware
- Stores and archives
- Heritage sites such as art galleries and museums
- Medical and laboratory equipment
- Server Rooms; Internet Service Providers
- Control rooms such as railway signalling centres and air traffic management centres
- Financial Centres and Banks
- Pharmaceutical and Medical Facilities
- Petrochemical plant, offshore oil and gas installations, pipeline pumping stations
- Data Processing Centers
- Telecommunications: Cellular Sites; Switching Centers
- Commercial Aviation: Aboard Aircraft; Airport Crash Rescue
- Military Aviation: Flightlines; Crash Rescue
- Military Systems: Combat Vehicles; Marine Engine Rooms
- Oil & Gas Exploration
- Platform Helipads
- Storage Tank
- Rim Seals
- Transportation: Merchant Marine
- Mass Transit Vehicles
- Pleasure Craft
- Race Cars