What is Fire Gas Suppression

Imagine rebuilding your Server Room / Data Centre or losing valuable items in the event of a fire situation, let alone the loss of life. For example, could your business survive if you lost all of your important electronic information? Most businesses store their entire collection of documents in a Server Room / Data Centre. These rooms are no longer a genuine fire risk due to the amount of electronic equipment within and the radiant heat emitted from this equipment with Gaseous Fire Suppression or a Fire Gas Suppression System.

Gaseous fire protection.

A gas fire suppression system is a cost-effective means of protecting your valuable information and can also reduce the risk of a fire spreading to the rest of your premises. The design standards for fire suppression systems for server rooms and data centres carry strict guidelines, as the fire suppression agents used can be dangerous.

A gas fire suppression system in a server rooms/data centre and in other clean air environments can be made in two different ways: Firstly with an INERT Gas Suppression System and alternatively with Synthetic Gas Suppression.

INERT Gas Suppression System — Reducing Oxygen

Using Argon/Nitrogen and sometimes a small element of CO2 to displace the oxygen in the server room.  The basis of this method is to reduce the oxygen level to below 15%.  By reducing oxygen to this level, it will suppress a fire.  The design must also consider the safety of personnel and keep oxygen levels to above 12%, this will be sufficient to maintain life within an oxygen depleted environment.

Synthetic Gas Suppression — Cooling the room

Most Chemical/Synthetic fire suppression agents have some form of cooling mechanism. These systems generally use less gas and do not significantly reduce oxygen levels.  However, as any synthetic or chemical agent, high doses can be dangerous to humans.

A fire gas suppression system consists of gas storage cylinders, steel piping, gas nozzles, smoke detectors, warning lights and gas control panel. The advantages of a Fire Gas Suppression System are:

A Fire Gas Suppression System is suitable for computer rooms, data centres, medical laboratories, telephone exchanges, and archives, to name just a few.

ANSUL Clean Agent Gas Fire Suppression Solutions

Torvac Solutions is an authorised installer and distributor of ANSUL Gaseous Suppression Systems, the world’s leading fire protection brand. The ANSUL product series is shaping the future of fire protection in data/server rooms, medical facilities, museums, galleries or wherever irreplaceable items are stored.

SAPPHIRE PLUS 70-Bar System

The SAPPHIRE suppression system uses 3M Novec 1230 fluid at increased container pressures, offers greater design flexibility due to longer pipe runs, provides selector valves for multi-sector arrangements, and offers higher fill ratios that allow for cost-efficient system designs.

SAPPHIRE PLUS System Applications: Data Centres, Medical Facilities, Museums, Oil and Gas Facilities, Electrical Switching Rooms, Machinery Spaces and more. Learn More

SAPPHIRE Compact Direct Low Pressure System

​The ANSUL SAPPHIRE COMPACT Direct Low Pressure (DLP) Fixed Fire Suppression System has been specifically designed to protect small electrical enclosures.  A self-contained system, it requires no power for either detection or operation and protects enclosures that use either natural ventilation or forced airflow. Learn More

SAPPHIRE Novec 1230

The SAPPHIRE Clean Agent System quickly suppresses fires and protects sensitive equipment without causing harm to people or the environment. The system is especially suited to suppress fires in areas where an electrically non-conductive medium is required, where electronic systems cannot be shut down in an emergency, where cleanup of other agents poses a problem, and in normally occupied areas that demand a non-toxic agent. Learn More

INERGEN 300 Bar with iFlow Technology

Using innovative iFLOW delivery technology, the INERGEN® 300-Bar Clean-Agent Fire Suppression System provides a regulated agent discharge into the protected hazard area.

INERGEN 300 Bar with iFlow Technology Applications: Data Centres, Museums, Libraries, Galleries, Electrical Switching Rooms, Machinery Spaces and more. Learn more

INERGEN System 200 Bar

The INERGEN 200 Bar System protects enclosed areas where people may be present and where damage from conventional agents cannot be tolerated. Upon discharge, INERGEN agent fills the room, mixing with the air to suppress fires quickly and effectively. An inert gas mixture, the agent is safe for people and poses no threat to the environment. Learn More

INERGEN System 150 Bar

INERGEN clean agent is non-toxic to humans and will not damage valuable assets. It is suited for suppressing fires in hazards where an electrically non-conductive medium is essential or desirable, where clean-up of other agents presents problems, or where the hazard is a workplace that requires a non-toxic agent. INERGEN fire suppression systems are ideally suited to protecting properties with sensitive or precious assets such as data facilities, historical archives, libraries, museums, and galleries. Learn More

Case Study

Torvac Solutions complete Gas Suppression project at Ace Gutters…

Torvac have just completed the installation of a new Fire Gaseous Suppression System for Ace Gutters Pty Ltd to their IT Communications room. Ace Gutters is a leading manufacturer and supplier of Rainwater Products and Plumbing Supplies in Australia. Ace Gutters realises the value of their IT Communications room and has guarded their business against the potential loss of important equipment and records in a fire situation. If you are a business owner, facilities manager or in the position of managing valuable assets, please read the section in the menu under Data Centre Protection.

Find out more about Fire Gas Suppression in Computer Rooms and data Centres.