Fire, life safety: How to select a clean agent suppression system

July 11, 2023

Fire suppression design is one of the most important aspects of fire and life safety engineering. Every project has unique requirements, and engineers should understand planning and implementing fire protection systems for a wide range of building types and hazard levels.

Clean agent fire suppression systems are used to protect facilities with high value per volume. They work on a total flooding concept, causing quick extinguishment of a detected fire, limiting damage to the protected space and its contents.

Because they work on a total flooding concept (filling the entire protected space), their cost is directly proportional to the volume of the space to be protected. Typical spaces protected with clean agent systems include data processing facilities, telecommunications facilities, art-storage facilities and other high-value buildings.

Learning objectives:

  • Review the various suppression systems, with a focus on clean agent systems.
  • Learn to apply, design and install clean agent systems while considering agent selection.
  • Understand the importance and effects of enclosure integrity/leakage, pressure-relief venting and design concentration on the performance of a clean agent system.
  • Look at examples of clean agent suppression system design.