FE-13 Fire Suppression Systems from Kidde are clean agent fire protection systems for special hazards. The combination of FE-13, a new agent from DuPont, and cylinders and associated hardware from Kidde, the world leader in clean agent systems, brings another tool to bear on the problem of fire protection in sensitive facilities
FE-13 is a high-pressure clean agent manufactured by DuPont. The agent leaves no residue when discharged in a fire or non-fire situation. FE-13 efficiently suppresses fires by the process of physiochemical thermal transfer. The presence of the FE-13 molecule at the flame front absorbs heat from the fire as a sponge absorbs liquid. FE-13 is safe for use in occupied spaces with no exposure restrictions up to a concentration of 24%. The agent does not deplete stratospheric ozone, and has a sufficiently low atmospheric lifetime to be ruled “Acceptable” by the US EPA. FE-13s low boiling point and high vapor pressure makes it useful for those applications requiring agent storage below 0°F (-17°C). Additional information on FE-13 can be found on Kidde data sheet 96-1300.
The beneficial characteristics of FE-13 clean agent systems from Kidde make them very suitable for many fire hazards. The high pressure nature of the agent means that low temperature applications (down to -40°F [-40°C]) can be accomplished. This is the lowest available system temperature today, and is unmatched by any other clean agent. High pressure also means thorough mixing within the hazard, making FE-13 systems particularly suitable in cluttered hazards, and those with high ceilings. The UL Listed maximum nozzle height of 25 feet is the highest available today.
FE-13 represents the ultimate in human-safe clean agent technology. These systems offer the widest safety margin between use concentration and onset of exposure restrictions ever seen. Design planners can rely on FE- 13 to provide effective protection at low temperatures, without human exposure issues when the hazard is at a high temperature. Likewise, hazards with changeable contents are a challenge which can be faced with FE-13. Concentration for both the empty (gross) volume and filled (net) volume can be safe for people, with no exposure restrictions. If the hazard is a difficult one, requiring more than a minimum design concentration, the safety margin of FE-13 allows a comfortable “cushion” of concentration, ensuring fire suppression which is both safe and effective.
Typical applications for FE-13 systems can include:
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