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Guide for Specifier’s Use

Argonite - Clean Agent
Fire Extinguishing System
NOTE: Items shown in parentheses are either instructions to the specification writer, or options to be
included or not, depending on system requirements.
This Section covers an Argonite clean agent fire extinguishing chemical and includes all
components required for a complete system. This Section includes performance and descriptive type
specifications. Edit to avoid conflicting requirements.


A. Argonite clean agent fire suppression system.
B. Fire alarm and detection system.
A. Section (

) - Hardware: Release hardware for automatic closing doors, dampers, etc.

B. Section (

) - Painting.

C. Section (

) - Fire Protection: Water sprinkler systems. (Other fixed systems)

D. Section (

) - Controls and Instrumentation: Dampers.

E. Section (

) - Fire Alarm and Detection Systems: Building fire alarm system.

F. Section ( ) - (For "total flood" systems all openings which can be closed should be closed. The
construction to accomplish this should be covered in other appropriate sections of the
G. Section ( ) - Electrical Installation: (The Specification writer is to decide whether the electrical
work required is to be specified in this Section or under the General Electrical Section.)
(List reference standards that are included within the text of this Section. Edit the following as required for
project conditions.)
A. ANSI/ASME B16.3 - Malleable Iron Threaded Fittings Class 300.
B. ANSI/ASME B16.9 - Factory Made Wrought Steel Buttwelding Fittings.
C. ANSI/ASME B31.1 - Power Piping.
D. ANSI/ASME SEC 9 - Welded and Brazing Qualifications.
E. ANSI/AWS D1.1 - Structural Welding Code.
F. ANSI/NFPA 2001 - Clean Agent Fire Extinguishing Systems.

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a CO2 component is not required nor is it acceptable. L. provision for simultaneous discharge shall be specified. Q.01) SECTION INCLUDES: A.Electronic Computer Systems. restrict paragraph statements to describe components used to assemble the system. Black and Hot-Dipped Zinc coated. Department of Transportation (DOT) Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations parts 100 to 199. Welded and Seamless. ANSI/NFPA 72A . The gas mixture shall not be of a proprietary nature. This Section covers a fire protection system of the Total Flooding type utilizing an Argonite clean agent fire extinguishing system. (A complete description of the areas/equipment to be protected must be given along with references to appropriate drawings.Local Protective Signaling Systems. Steel. NEMA . thus allowing the end user to refill at locations not limited to the equipment manufacturer’s or distributors’. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . Do not repeat statements made in Article 1.Factory Mutual Approval Guide. U. N. ASTM A234 . ASTM A53 . All work performed in New York City shall be in accordance with the requirement of the City of New York Building Code and the New York City Fire Departments latest directories.) (If hazards are inter-exposing or in close proximity to one another. ANSI/NFPA 72E .) -2Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002.Pipe Fittings of Wrought Carbon Steel and Alloy Steel for Moderate and Elevated Temperatures.Ductile Iron. ANS/NFPA 75 .National Electric Code. FMRC . H. R. J. ASTM A197 .04 SYSTEM DESCRIPTION AND DESIGN REQUIREMENTS The system shall be an Argonite (IG-55) clean agent extinguishing system.G. (Use this Article carefully.Enclosures for Industrial Controls and Systems.Pipe. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) T. K.Seamless Carbon Steel Pipe for High-Temperature Service. ASTM A106 . where applicable. All work performed in Canada shall be in accordance with TC (Transport Canada) or any other required agencies. ANSI/NFPA 70 . System is a fixed installation where equipment is designed and installed to provide fire extinguishing capability for hazards described.Automatic Fire Detectors. 1. M. I. transportation of hazardous materials. S. Argonite is a 50/50 mixture of pure Argon and pure Nitrogen. ASTM 394 .Cupola Malleable Iron. O. P.

Include control diagrams. Special Hazards Systems Layout. Installer: The installer shall be trained and certified by Chemetron Fire Systems to design. nozzles. Provide list of recommended spare parts.) -3Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002. D. locating each component. install. C.08 QUALIFICATIONS A. B. D. The review of submittals increases the possibility of unintended variations to drawings. and annunciators. nozzle flow rates. control panels. Submit product data as necessary. component flow data. if used. and technical bulletins describing equipment. Design. Submit manufacturer’s installation. 1. Submit (piping drawings) (product data) (electrical schematics) (and calculations) to (authority having jurisdiction) (Fire Marshal) (Owner's fire insurance underwriter) for approval. 1. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . currently certified in Fire Protection Engineering Technology. drawings illustrating control logic and equipment location. written description of system design. detectors. operation and maintenance manuals to ( ). Submit one set of approved submittals to ( ). and written sequence of operation. For total flood hazards. The hold time shall be a minimum of 10 minutes or as agreed upon with the authorities having jurisdiction. 1.07 OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE DATA A. B.06 SUBMITTALS (Do not request submittals if drawings sufficiently describe the products of this Section or if proprietary specifying techniques are used. alarm bells or horns. orifice code number. control valves and pilot controls. C. submit design calculations derived from computer program written specifically for Argonite. thereby increasing the Specifier's liability. or by a distributor trained and authorized by Chemetron Fire Systems. C. fabrication.) A. discharge stations. piping pressure losses. test and maintain an Argonite clean agent fire suppression systems (and maintain required licensing for the state of ( ) and/or City of ( ). Equipment Manufacturer: Company specializing in manufacturing the products specified. Include electrical schematic of circuits. B. Submit shop drawings indicating detailed layout of system. Analysis shall include calculations to verify system terminal pressures.05 PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS The Argonite design concentration shall be a minimum of 38% for a hazard at sea level and 70°F. wiring diagrams. switches. and pipe sizes considering actual and equivalent lengths of pipe and elevation changes. (No special tools need be specified) 1.B. and installation of system and its components shall be in compliance with requirements and recommendations of ANSI/NFPA 2001 and Chemetron Fire Systems. Design of an Argonite fire extinguishing system shall be performed by a NICET Engineering Technician (NICET Level II or greater). for each piece of equipment comprising the system including storage cylinders. Interface system with (building fire alarm) (Plant annunciation system) ( ).

All equipment and devices used shall be tested in accordance with Factory Mutual approval requirements. Stainless steel shall be TP304 or TP316 for threaded connections or TP304. 3. Piping materials such as stainless steel or other piping or tubing may be used with approval of the authority having jurisdiction.10 WARRANTY Provide one year warranty. -4Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002.01 MANUFACTURERS A. providing an internal pressure of 300 psi will not cause material stress greater than the materials yield point when calculated according to ANSI B-31. TYPE OF FITTINGS: Shall have a minimum working pressure of 620 psi. Grade A or B.) 1. Grade A. or non-metallic pipe SHALL NOT be used. Installation shall be performed in a workmanlike manner according to the highest standards of modern practice. B.02 PIPE AND PIPING SPECIFICATIONS SECTION A . and that system is in proper working order. If the requirements of local codes or the authority having jurisdiction are MORE stringent. and alarm systems. certifying satisfactory system conditions. 1. or ASTM A-106. C.1. ANSI B36. or C. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . detection. Conform to (applicable) building code requirements as specified.GENERAL The following specifications set forth the MINIMUM standards for installation. Black or galvanized steel pipe shall be either ASTM A53 seamless or electric welded. these more stringent requirements shall govern the given installation. PART 2 PRODUCTS 2. Power Piping code. 3rd Floor Matteson. Inspect system 6 months and 12 months after substantial completion of Project. Ordinary cast-iron pipe. At each inspection. IL 60443 (708) 748-1503 2.11 MAINTENANCE SERVICE (Included as part of initial installation) A. or TP316L for welded connections. B.10. TP316.09 REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS A. TP304L. (Avoid contingent liability requirements. Chemetron Fire Systems 4801 Southwick Drive. cast iron and Class 150 pound fitting shall not be used. steel pipe conforming to ASTM A-120. Warranties beyond one year may be available with the purchase of a service contract. 2. Include complete checkout of control. Submit documents. 1.1. determine agent contents and pressure. B.

WELDING a. 8. shall have a union adjacent to the equipment. Swaged nipples. All foreign matter and oil must be removed by this process.All screwed pipe shall be coated with Teflon tape or an appropriate pipe joint compound. d. On small piping. A wire flue brush should be pulled through the length several times. b. ridges or burrs. All welding must be performed by an experienced welder. Weld-o-lets™. check valves. it is imperative that these fittings be installed in strict accordance with the manufacturer's installation instructions. 6. When methods (b).VALVE AND EQUIPMENT CONNECTIONS Threaded valves such as selector valves. All pipe shall be reamed after cutting so that all burrs and sharp edges are removed. All welds shall be pounded to loosen scale and weld beads and then cleaned of the same. coating of the threads must start at least two threads back from the pipe end. care must be taken so as not to allow sealant to enter valves or controls. and solenoid valves shall be installed with a union immediately downstream.4. All welded pipe 3/4" and smaller shall be welded using gas welding or other approved method. When tape or pipe joint compound is used. THREAD PREPARATION . b. a socket weld reducing coupling can be used only for a one size reduction. All other reductions in socket weld pipe shall be made using the above permitted methods. All entrance holes from the main pipe run to the fitting must be of proper size and free of sharp edges. they must be installed so as to permit full flow. or (d) are used. All pipe must be thoroughly cleaned before installation. -5Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002. All pipe and fittings installed out of doors or in corrosive areas must be galvanized or treated with a proper protective coating.SCREWED PIPE All reductions in screwed pipe shall be by means of screwed concentric reducing fittings or swaged nipples. REDUCTIONS . In each case. 5. PIPE REDUCTIONS . 7. c. Pipe connections to equipment items such as discharge delay devices. 11.. SECTION B . 10. Unshielded electric arc welding may be used on pipe larger than 3/4". pressure switches. etc. 9. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . Where socket weld fittings are permitted (see below).Reductions in welded pipe shall be by one of the following devices: a. Valves having more than two connection points such as shuttle valves and pilot valves shall be installed with a union adjacent to the valve in each connection line. c. followed by clean cloth rags treated with a noncombustible metal cleaner designed for the purpose. (c). All pipe and fittings shall be new and of recent manufacture. Butt weld concentric reducers.

Sleeves extending through roof slabs must extend above the roof and be flashed in accordance with local building codes. partitions. The pipe shall be free to move longitudinally within the U-bolt except where the piping design requires it to be anchored. One inch pipe is the minimum size to be used as a sleeve. A greater extension may be used if required by local building codes. 8. Rigid hangers are required wherever a change in direction or change in elevation in the piping system occurs. All piping shall be attached to rigid hangers by means of U-bolts locked with double nuts. Sleeves shall be packed with an approved sealing material so as to be dust tight. 2.SECTION C . 4. THE MAXIMUM SPACING BETWEEN PIPE SUPPORTS IS GIVEN BELOW: -6Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002. roof slabs and the like shall be sleeved. All piping supports shall be fabricated and installed so that they will not be disengaged by the movement of supported pipe. Sleeves shall be Schedule 40 pipe at least two sizes larger than the pipe being sleeved. at least every other hanger shall be rigid. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . except as modified and supplemented by this specification. 3. Sleeves through floor slabs must extend at least 2" above the floor.PIPE SLEEVES All piping through building walls. All hangers shall be fabricated of steel and installed in a workmanlike manner. Hangers and pipe shall be designed to prevent stresses from being induced into the piping during the temperature change caused by the carbon dioxide system discharge.PAINTING (Specify owner's painting requirements) SECTION F . 5. one on each side of hanger. 4. Pipe shall not be hung using one pipeline as a support for another. latest edition. 2. 6. 3. All take-offs for pressure release piping shall be from the top of the discharge piping. Piping supports shall be arranged so that no excessive bending stresses are induced into the piping from concentrated loads between supports. floor slabs.PIPE HANGERS AND SUPPORTS All pipe hangers and supports shall conform to the provisions outlined in ANSI B31. All pipe must be solidly anchored to structural members where longitudinal or lateral movement is possible. SECTION E . 1.1.PRESSURE RELEASE PIPING AND FITTINGS Piping to pressure releases shall be as specified above for discharge piping. 9. SECTION D . 1. Most installations lend themselves to the use of support systems such as Unistrut. On long straight runs. 7.

.. .... . ... . non-deteriorating...... B.. . .. . ..... ... ... ... ... .. 6 ...... 11 . ... .. ... . . ..... . CYLINDERS Cylinder assemblies shall be Chemetron Fire Systems 2900 psi (200 Bar). 7 ..... .... .. . an inert gas.. . .. 14 TABLE #2 MAXIMUM SPACING BETWEEN SUPPORTS FOR PIPE WITH GROOVED JOINTS NOMINAL PIPE SIZE (INCHES) 3/4 1 1-1/4 2 3 4 MAXIMUM SPAN (FEET) ... All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite .. . . ...... . . ..... . 3.... .. nondamaging. . .. 12 .... and meeting the requirements of NFPA 2001. ..... The cylinders shall be mounted in free standing steel racks or on solid walls.. The agent shall be a mix of 50% Argon and 50% Nitrogen.. .. .. ...... .. . .. ...... ... .. .03 ARGONITE CLEAN AGENT SYSTEM COMPONENT REQUIREMENTS The components of the Argonite system(s) shall be provided in accordance with the following requirements: A. -7Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002... ... . ...... . EXTINGUISHING AGENT 1... clean. .. . 7 . ....... ... . .. ... ... The fire suppression agent shall be Argonite.. .. The Agent shall be Argonite® as marketed by Chemetron Fire Systems of Matteson.. . . . ... 7 .... .ft... ....150 cu. non-corrosive. . .. . .... .... 10 . 10 2...... .. dry. .. 2. .. . 5 . . .. 80 Liter capacity and shall conform to the regulations of the Department of Transportation. 5 . .. . . . . .... .. 10 . . 9 ... .. ... . . 8 .... ...TABLE #1 MAXIMUM SPACING BETWEEN SUPPORTS FOR SCREWED OR WELDED PIPE NOMINAL PIPE SIZE (INCHES) 1/4 1/2 3/4 1 1-1/4 1-1/2 2 2-1/2 3 4 MAXIMUM SPAN (FEET) ....... .... ... . . .. . .. 7 ...... 7 . ...... . .. . .. .. The cylinders and racks shall be arranged to allow a service aisle for cylinder removal and cylinder weighing.. . .. . Cylinders shall be fitted with a resilient pressure seat type forged brass valve and shall have a threaded steel antirecoil protective cap for handling and shipment. . . . . . IL... ...... . .... ... ..... Each cylinder must be capable of protecting a volume of 1.. .. . . . ..

) (The system shall be released automatically by (optical) (ionization) type smoke detectors located in the hazard in accordance with detector ratings. normally closed solenoid valve on the pilot head.1°C @ 760 mm Hg Electrically nonconductive and noncorrosive Agent shall be listed as "Acceptable" on the EPA's SNAP list. D. C. good practice and applicable detection system standards. 6. Each valve shall include an integral safety relief device which serves to protect cylinder against excessive internal pressure. CONTROLS AND ACCESSORIES Automatic operation (For thermostat/heat detector operation). Under no circumstances will explosive devices such as squibs be an acceptable means of actuation.60 bar. Operation of smoke detector will signal the control panel for automatic release and/or alarm as specified under the detector portion of this specification. An electric signal shall actuate a normally de-energized. the control panel shall sound appropriate alarms to evacuate the hazard area. The cylinder valve shall have a forged brass body with external connections for actuation devices.4. E. (For smoke detector operation substitute the following for the first two sentences of the above paragraph. Check valves that utilize "O" ring seats shall not be used as they can be dislodged during discharge.) -8Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002. When more than one cylinder is connected to a common manifold. Boiling point of -190. (The system shall be released automatically by actuation of rate compensated detector(s) located in the hazard in accordance with the detector rating and applicable detection system standards.) (Control Panel) (See Chemetron Fire Systems Control Panel Specifications) (For systems with a reserve supply) (A manually operated transfer switch shall be provided to transfer the pilot cylinder electric solenoid actuation from the main bank pilot cylinders to those on the reserve bank. DISCHARGE VALVES Each cylinder shall be fitted with a pressure operated discharge valve. normally closed solenoid valve on the cylinder valve. shall actuate a normally de-energized. The agent shall have the following characteristics: • • • • • 7. 5. Global Warming Potential of zero (0). SYSTEM ACTUATION Only solenoid type devices shall be used to electrically actuate the system. Each valve shall be provided with a removable pressure gauge or solenoid valve with gauge for pressure reading. a check valve shall be provided with each cylinder. The agent shall be stored in a container super pressurized to 200 Bar and that discharges at a typical pressure of 12 . Closing of the normally open switch element of the detector operating through the control panel.) Before this operation. Be naturally occurring substances and present in the atmosphere. Ozone Depletion Potential of zero (0). All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . The agent shall be suitable for use in normally occupied spaces.

) Note to Specifier: The features of the electrical manual release and pneumatic manual release should be studied before specifying which type is best. Nozzles shall be of corrosion resistant construction and shall be designed specifically for Argonite application. To be considered is whether heat. as shown on the drawings. SELECTOR VALVE SYSTEMS The protection for hazards ( ) and ( ) shall be from the same bank of cylinders. 2.) (For reserve supply) (A second release shall be provided for the reserve bank. Selector valves shall be used. Each fire alarm horn (strobe) shall be actuated and receive operating power from the control panel.) (For Systems with Selector Valves) (Operation of the pneumatic remote manual release shall also open the proper selector valve. (H.)) I. Terminals for this purpose shall be provided in the system control cabinet. F. are to be provided for manual release. System designer must be consulted for anything other than minor deviations in pipe routing. ALARM DEVICES 1. NOTE to Specifier: When using selector valves you must ensure that there is little likelihood that hazards protected from a common bank of cylinders will need to discharge simultaneously. Also. whether detection should be one zone or cross-zoned. by remote pressure source and/or by electric solenoid. 3. Each device shall be approved or listed. Electrically actuated fire alarm horns (and strobe lights) shall be furnished and installed. (NOTE: Two or more hazards can be served by selector valves. Nozzles shall be supplied in quantities sufficient to properly cover the area(s) being protected in accordance with NFPA 2001 and the design requirements. They shall be released by pilot operators which can be operated directly. If an abort system is to be used it should be specified here. Nozzles shall be permanently marked as to type and orifice.) Those selector valves shall be pressure operated and self-restoring. DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM The piping shall be laid out to give maximum flow and to avoid possible mechanical. -9Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002. smoke or flame detection is to be used alone or in conjunction with another type. NOZZLES 1. Installation shall follow drawings as closely as possible. (For small systems it is economical to specify individual systems rather than systems using selector valves. chemical or other damage. DETECTION (The desired detection system as to type and configuration should be specified at this point.(Electric Release) (Discharge stations located. J. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . Main and reserve bank releases shall perform similarly and shall be independent of any automatic release.) G.

(NOTE to Specifier: All devices to be closed must be self closing and capable of being held open by a cable or chain hooked to the release. & C rated fires. dampers. one horn/strobe shall be provided outside each entrance to the protected area. After testing is completed. K. Pressure Switches: The system shall include a four pole pressure switch actuated by the agent discharge to shut down equipment and sound alarms. Service personnel shall be trained by the manufacturer to install. the system shall be restored to full operational condition.07 MAINTENANCE System equipment manufacturer (Contractor) shall make available an inspection service contract to ensure that services are always available to keep the protection system in full operation. . ACCESSORIES 1. "Hands-on" demonstrations of the operation of all system components and the entire system shall be provided. Upon completion of installation.04 TESTING AND ACCEPTANCE System shall be listed and tested by either Factory Mutual Research Corporation (FMRC) or Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for Class A.05 FINAL INSPECTION At the final inspection a factory trained representative of the manufacturer of the major equipment shall demonstrate that the system(s) functions properly in every respect. including a copy of the recording. louvers.) 2. 2. Alarms shall be adequate to alert plant personnel located in the protected areas. The control panel shall be programmable such that an adequate predischarge alarm period can be set at the time of system test to ensure personnel safety.06 INSTRUCTION Provide instruction as required to the building personnel. The contractor shall provide a test report. 2. windows. 3. Pressure Operated Releases: The system shall include ( ) releases to release self closing (doors. test and maintain Argonite Fire Extinguishing Systems. 2. The sound output for the horns shall be adequate for the conditions encountered. Instrument recordings shall be made as directed by the approving authority.2. lids or valves) upon Argonite discharge.10 Chemetron Fire Systems Copyright 2002. Additionally. Tests shall include functional operation of all mechanical and electrical equipment and careful inspection of all piping and nozzles. 2. B. the system shall be thoroughly tested for correct operation and function. All Rights Reserved (5/2002) Argonite . The door fan method of room pressurization shall be used in each hazard to determine if proper ventilation is present.