## Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

## Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

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I've done a fan test for a automatic fire extinguishing system with IG55 following the NFPA 2001, appendix C, enclosure integrity procedure.

CO2 quantity: 22,8 kg

Real concentration: 43%

Volume room: 29 m³

Max height room: 3,25 m

Minimal concentration: 38%

Temperature in the room: 21°C

Temp outside: 21°C

Surface area leaks: 0,0592 m²

Max accepted surface area leaks: 0,0128 m²

Hold time: 2 min 10 sec

Concentration after 10 min: 22,2%

Given that it is not possible to lower the amount of leak areas, how can I adjust the design to have a functional extinguishing system?

A secondary flooding is the only possibility I think. But how can I calculate the hold time and concentration after 10 min with a secondary flooding. I cannot find anything in NFPA 2001 nor CEO 4007.

Any help?

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__Known data__

CO2 quantity: 22,8 kg

Real concentration: 43%

Volume room: 29 m³

Max height room: 3,25 m

Minimal concentration: 38%

Temperature in the room: 21°C

Temp outside: 21°C

__The results aren't good:__

Surface area leaks: 0,0592 m²

Max accepted surface area leaks: 0,0128 m²

Hold time: 2 min 10 sec

Concentration after 10 min: 22,2%

Given that it is not possible to lower the amount of leak areas, how can I adjust the design to have a functional extinguishing system?

A secondary flooding is the only possibility I think. But how can I calculate the hold time and concentration after 10 min with a secondary flooding. I cannot find anything in NFPA 2001 nor CEO 4007.

Any help?

*edit

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

CO2 system design requirements are in NFPA 12 and the standard doesn't require an enclosure integrity test. The standard does require a Full Discharge test.

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

You have two options:

A) Resolve whatever issues that are creating the relief paths for the CO2.

B) Increase the volume of CO2 to allow for a given mass loss of the fire extinguishing agent while maintaining the required design concentration for design duration

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

It's not CO2, it's inert gas.

A) The relief paths/leaks cannot be resolved as mentioned in my initial post.

B) This exactly is my question. How do I do this?

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

see my initial post:

The results aren't good:Surface area leaks: 0,0592 m²

Max accepted surface area leaks: 0,0128 m²

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

1) t=0s ---> c=43%

2) t=130s ---> c=38%

3) t=600s ---> c=22,2%

So yes I can calculate the leak rate for this case. But as partial pressure and total pressure of the inert gas will be augmented, the leak rate also changes...

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

I can only respond to a question based on the information you presented. And CO2 is not a clean agent based on NFPA 2001.

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

My apologies, it's not CO2, it's IG55, a clean agent.

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

## RE: Required Inert Gas design quantity (NFPA 2001)

The leak rate is affected by the discharge time (injection rate), which you have not specified. Slower (2 minutes vs 1 minute) flow rates lead to lower room pressures and therefore large leak area allowance.

I'm not sure what you mean by "Surface area leaks: 0,0592 m²". Is this the total leakage area? If so, than 1/2 the area would be used in the calculations for "Unclosable" openings to determine the "extended discharge rate" and therefore the additional Argon needed to compensate for the short hold time.

I'm also not sure what you mean by "Max accepted surface area leaks: 0,0128 m²". Is this the calculated maximum allowable leakage area in order to maintain the concentration for 10 minutes?

Have a look at NFPA 12 for guidance on "Unclosable Openings" The calculation methods would be similar with the exception of the vapor density, where you'd substitute Argon for CO2.

Regards,

DM

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