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Inert Gas Systems

The inert gas system provides flexibility with your choice of several agents, efficient installation and overall lower total cost of ownership driven by reduced material, installation and labour costs, as well as a more economical refill cost after a discharge.

IG-55  +  IG-541  +  IG-100 

Choice of four NFPA and ISO approved agents to suit regional re-charge conditions and customer specifications.

Wide flexibility in selecting storage area, as cylinders can be stored at some distance away from protected area.

Argon can be used for application-specific Class D materials (titanium dust, magnesium, etc.).

Suitable for low temperature applications and rooms that are hard to seal (open spaces e.g. museums, labs).

Choice of four NFPA and ISO approved agents to suit regional re-charge conditions and customer specifications.

Wide flexibility in selecting storage area, as cylinders can be stored at some distance away from protected area.

Argon can be used for application-specific Class D materials (titanium dust, magnesium, etc.).

Suitable for low temperature applications and rooms that are hard to seal (open spaces e.g. museums, labs).

Why choose an Inert Gas System?

Compared with other high-pressure inert gas systems, our series 400 valve regulates flow and pressure to allow the use of Schedule 40 piping for many applications. Installation time and labour costs are further reduced with the use of prefabricated manifolds, quick-connect actuation hoses and electrical connectors.

Lower Material Cost

  • Pressure and flow regulating valve allows for Sch. 40 pipe.
  • Actuation of up to 60 cylinders accomplished with a single release unit mounted on primary cylinder (no need for separate pilot cylinders).
  • Selector valves protect multiple hazards with a single cylinder bank reducing overall system cost.

Lower Installation, Labour and Refill Cost

  • Choose from several sizes of prefabricated manifolds with pre-installed check valves ready for the discharge hose connection.
  • Fast and easy installation process using quick connect actuation hoses and electrical connections.
  • Very economical agent refill cost after a discharge.

Pure Inert gases and the constituents of the blended versions are found naturally in the atmosphere.

These gases are environmentally responsible, having an ozone depletion potential of zero and a global warming potential of zero.

Safe for Human Exposure.

In occupied areas, people can breathe Inert Gas blends at extinguishing concentrations below 52% for very brief periods of time during egress. There are no toxicological factors associated with the use of Inert gases, as they will not decompose or produce any by-products when exposed to a flame.

Applications for Inert Gas Systems include:

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• Art Galleries
• Control Rooms
• Electric Switch Rooms
• Financial Centres and Banks
• Medical Facilities
• Museums
• Petrochemical Installations
• Pharmaceutical Facilities
• Rare Book Libraries
• Record Storage Facilities
• Telecommunication Centres

IPH design, install and maintain the following 3 Inert Gas Systems:

IG-55

(Nitrogen & Argon)

IG-55 is an inert gas comprising of 50% Argon & 50% Nitrogen, it is naturally present in the atmosphere, hence its greenhouse effect is nil, and its ozone layer depletion potential is zero.

IG-55 Fire Suppression systems are based on the certainty of reducing the oxygen concentration inside the protected hazard. Each system is designed to decrease oxygen at specific levels – when discharged, it is quickly and consistently distributed within the enclosure, reaching design concentration in 60 seconds.

IG-541

(Nitrogen, Argon & CO2)

IG-541 is one of the most popular Fire Protection agents, comprising of 52% Nitrogen, 40% Argon & 8% Co2 which is naturally present in the atmosphere and having no effect on the ozone layer and zero greenhouse effect.

The IG-541 fire suppression system reduces the oxygen concentration inside the protected hazard – this is minimised by the application of IG-541 until it reaches a level where combustion is no longer supported, and like the other Inert Gases, it is quickly distributed within the enclosure when discharged.

IG-541 is stored in high-pressure cylinders in the form of compressed gas, thus space required for such cylinder storage depends on pressure and capacity.

IG-100

(Pure Nitrogen)

IG-100 is a clean fire extinguishing agent consisting of 100% Nitrogen and is used in total flooding systems. Like both the other Inert Gases (IG-541 + IG-55), it is environmentally friendly and has zero effect on the ozone layer.

IG-100 suppression systems are based on the principle of reducing the oxygen concentration inside the protected hazard. The oxygen concentration is minimized by the application of IG-100 until it reaches a level where combustion is no longer supported.

Each system is designed to decrease oxygen to a specific level. When discharged, IG-100 is quickly and uniformly distributed within the enclosure, achieving design concentration in 60 seconds. 

Flexible. Efficient. Sustainable.

Why are Inert Gases also called Noble?

The noble gases, in order of their density, are helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon and radon. They are called noble gases because they are so majestic that, in general, they don’t react with anything. For this reason they are also known as inert gases.

What makes Inert Gases important?

Inert gases are used generally to avoid unwanted chemical reactions degrading a sample. These undesirable chemical reactions are often oxidation and hydrolysis reactions with the oxygen and moisture in air.

Is oxygen an Inert Gases?

It is the opposite of inert; it will react with many substances. The inert gases are a group of gases whose outer ring of electrons is complete: krypton, argon, helium. They were difficult to discover because they are so unreactive. 

Oxygen on the other hand is found bound up in many solids which are often quite hard.

What are the Inert Gases?

This is a tendency, not a rule, as noble gases and other “inert” gases can react to form compounds.

The group 8 elements include helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon and radon. They are referred to as noble gases or inert gases.

Are Inert Gases safe for Humans?

In occupied areas, people can breathe Inert gas blends at extinguishing concentrations below 52% for very brief periods of time during egress. There are no toxicological factors associated with the use of Inert gases as they will not decompose or produce any by-products when exposed to a flame.

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Are Inert Gases safe for the environment?

Pure Inert gases and the constituents of the blended versions are found naturally in the atmosphere. These gases are environmentally responsible, having an ozone depletion potential (ODP) of zero and a global warming potential (GWP) of zero. At room temperature inert gases are colourless and odourless.

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Key Points:

 

Cylinders available in 300 bar and 200 bar pressure options

Cylinders available in 80 litre and 140 litre1 capacity options

Nozzles available with 360 and 180 degree discharge patterns

Cylinders suitable for storage at temperatures from -4°to 130°F (-20° to 54°C)

Selector valve sizes range from 1” to 4” (25 to 100 mm nominal)

300 bar option reduces the cylinder quantity compared to 200 bar

Truly Green agents (zero ozone depletion and zero global warming)

Non-conductive – suitable for electronic equipment protection

Clean Agent – no clean-up of agent required after discharge

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IPH Fire Solutions was originally formed in 2003 with an office located in the North West just outside Manchester. Since then, IPH have continued to expand, offering fire suppression services both across the UK and on an International level.

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