fire suppression is a term to describe the use of inert
gases and chemical agents to extinguish a fire. The system typically
consists of the agent, agent storage containers, agent release valves,
fire detectors, fire detection system
(wiring control panel, actuation signaling), agent delivery piping,
and agent dispersion nozzles.
Broadly speaking, there are two methods
for applying an extinguishing agent: total flooding and local application.
Systems working on a total flooding principle apply an extinguishing
agent to a three dimensional enclosed space in order to achieve
a concentration of the agent (volume percent of the agent in air)
adequate to extinguish the fire. These types of systems may be operated
automatically by detection and related controls or manually by the
operation of a system actuator.