Nero Industries is transferring its success in fire extinguishing and explosion suppression systems gained from military vehicles to commercial ones. The company has developed the ARES BUS version of its ARES Fire Extinguishing and Explosion Suppression Systems to be used aboard commercial buses for the prevention of loss of life and property caused by fires on buses. Upon the successful completion of the various tests related to R107 standards determined by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the ARES BUS Fire Extinguishing System is now ready to be offered for civilian use.
The risk of fire aboard urban and intercity buses, which carry out a significant proportion of public transportation, increases particularly during the periods in which they are used most intensely. Speaking about these risks, Alican Ökçün, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Nero Industries, said: “According to the results of a research published by international authorities, the parts of buses that are most susceptible to fire are the engine compartment and electrical components. If a fire aboard a bus is not addressed in time, the bus may be completely gutted and become unusable within 5–6 minutes, and there will be a significant risk of injury and even loss of life, not to mention a serious economic burden.”
Four UNECE R107 Harsh Condition Tests Passed
The Nero Industries ARES BUS system has successfully passed four tests carried out in accordance with the UNECE R107 standards, under the supervision of the Turkish Standards Institution (TSE). These tests include:
- High fire intensity
- Low fire intensity
- High fire intensity with fan
Working Principle of the Fire Extinguishing System
Nero Industries’ ARES BUS Fire Extinguishing System has a thermal wire type heat detector that is activated when the ambient temperature reaches 180°C. The fire extinguishing system is activated by this detector, which sends the relevant data to the control unit after detecting a fire. Since the system has been designed to operate anywhere in the world, it can be used in both hot- and cold-climates.
After receiving the initial signal, the control unit activates the drums of extinguishing agent, spraying the affected section. The installed pyrotechnic triggers allow these drums to deploy quickly and effectively. The extinguishing agent is released through a network of pipes that cover all protected areas, with specially designed nozzles for the easy adjustment of extinguishing agent flow.
The extinguishing agent, which is non-toxic and environment friendly, is deployed over the entire targeted section, extinguishing any kind of fire that may occur therein. The substance does not require cleaning after activation, and prevents reignition due to its cooling characteristic.
Regarding the importance of Nero’s move into the civilian market, Ökçün said: “We have a more than 80 percent share in the domestic defence market in fire extinguishing systems. The market for fire extinguishing systems on the civilian side is, however, much larger.”