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Fire Suppression for Aerospace, Aviation & Military

Advanced clean agent fire protection for mission-critical systems

Modern military systems increasingly rely on sophisticated electronics that must remain operational, even in the event of a fire emergency. Because these systems are vulnerable to conventional water, foam and dry chemical extinguishants, the use of a non electrically-conductive clean agent is often the only way to ensure mission continuity.

Since the ban on production of ozone-depleting halon clean agents, however – and the growing concern over the long-term viability of high global warming materials, such as HFCs – more and more military fire protection professionals are turning to the next-generation of sustainable clean agent technology: 3M™ Novec™ 1230 Fire Protection Fluid.

Novec 1230 fluid is an advanced clean agent fire suppression material that combines fast extinguishing performance with an outstanding safety and environmental profile. A non-damaging alternative to water sprinkler systems, foam and CO2, Novec 1230 fluid is ideal for critical military applications such as shipboard hazards, engine and crew bays in armored vehicles and flightline protection – as well as for telecommunications, computer and electronic control rooms.

Wide margin of human safety

Just as important is Novec 1230 fluid's low toxicity and wide margin of safety. This is a particular concern in areas that are normally occupied. With CO2 and many conventional halon replacements, the level of agent needed to extinguish a fire can be lethal to humans. The wide margin between Novec 1230 fluid's use concentration and "No Observed Adverse Effects Level" provides the widest margin of safety relative to other chemical clean agents, CO2 and inert gas mixtures.

Simplifies fire protection system logistics

Because Novec 1230 fluid is a liquid at room temperature, and stored at low vapor pressure, agent handling and charging of systems using Novec 1230 fluid is greatly simplified, and can be accomplished without moving the cylinders offsite – saving you time, and ensuring uninterrupted protection of your assets. The liquid is shipped non-pressurized, so refilling after discharge is a straightforward procedure.

The liquid state of Novec 1230 fluid also allows for efficient use of space, requiring about the same number of cylinders as conventional halocarbon agents and many fewer cylinders than inert gas or CO2 systems. Unlike high-pressure alternatives, the product can be shipped safely by air in bulk quantities, classified as non-hazardous and, thus, without restrictions.

The long-term, sustainable halon alternative

The outstanding environmental profile of Novec 1230 fluid is unmatched by any other halogenated agent – making it today's long-term, sustainable solution for protecting mission-critical systems and personnel.

  • Non ozone-depleting
  • Five-day atmospheric lifetime
  • Global Warming Potential of 1
  • Supports U.S. DOD initiatives to procure environmentally preferable products.

From its initial development, Novec 1230 fluid was designed to address the global demand for a CO2 or halon alternative that is safe, effective and not subject to current or anticipated environmental regulatory restrictions, nor scheduled or targeted for future phaseout.


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