CHEMGUARD CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate is a low-, medium-, and high-expansion Class A fire control foam concentrate formulated from specialty hydrocarbon surfactants, stabilizers, and solvents. CLASS A PLUS foam solution is effective on many deep-seated Class A fires such as tire, paper, coal, and structure fires.
CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate can be proportioned from 0.1% to 1.0% in fresh, brackish, or sea water. Because of the extremely low proportioning rate, the foam concentrate offers outstanding economy in concentrate storage space, cost (compared to conventional 3% and 6% foam agents), and product transport requirements. For example, a 5-gal (19 L) pail of foam concentrate produces 500 gal (1,893 L) of fire control foam solution at 1% concentration and produces 5,000 gal (18,927 L) of foam solution at 0.1% concentration.
Fire suppression mechanisms and characteristics in effect when using CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate include:
Reduction of the surface tension of water, which provides superior wetting and char penetrating characteristics. This enhancement helps reduce combustibility of Class A fuels and control deep seated fires.
Extended drain time which increases the duration of surface wetting, reducing the risk of ignition/re-ignition.
Creation of a dense foam blanket which provides an insulating barrier between the fuel and air.
Suppression of combustible vapors while cooling the fuel.
Formation of a brilliant white foam that reflects heat.
High viscosity which allows the foam to cling to vertical surfaces for increased protection.
TYPICAL PHYSIOCHEMICAL PROPERTIES AT 77 °F (25 °C)
Appearance Pale amber liquid
Density 1.01 ± 0.01 g/ml
pH 7.0 - 8.0
Refractive Index 1.3700 minimum
Storage and Operating Range 32 °F to 120 °F (0 °C to 49 °C)
Water 66 to 76 dynes/cm
0.3% Solution 25.5 dynes/cm
0.5% Solution 26.1 dynes/cm
0.7% Solution 24.5 dynes/cm
1.0% Solution 24.8 dynes/cm
Designed for fire suppression of Class A fuel fires
Effective application with aspirating and non-aspirating discharge devices, compressed air foam systems (CAFS), or dropped from rotary wing aircraft
CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate is designed for fire suppression use on Class A fuel fires including wood, paper, coal, and rubber fires. Although designed for Class A fires, the foam solution may be effective on some, contained Class B flammable liquid fires in emergency response situations when applied by portable medium- or high-expansion devices.
CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate can be used with aspirating and non-aspirating discharge devices, compressed air foam systems (CAFS), or dropped from rotary wing aircraft. Applicable suppression mechanisms and some foam solution properties may vary with the type of foam delivery device used.
The recommended operational temperature range for CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate is 32 °F to 120 °F (0 °C to 49 °C). It can be correctly proportioned using most conventional, properly calibrated, proportioning equipment such as:
Compressed air foam systems (CAFS)
Around-the-pump type proportioners
Fixed or portable in-line venturi type proportioners
Handline nozzles with fixed eductor/pick-up tubes
At a given proportioning rate, the foam expansion may vary with the type of discharge device used.
For immediate use: The concentrate may be diluted with fresh or sea water for use as a pre-mix solution.
For delayed use: Long-term storage as a pre-mix solution is not recommended.
TYPICAL PROPORTIONING RATES FOR COMMON APPLICATIONS
Rotary Wing Aircraft 0.3% to 0.5%
Air Aspirating Devices 0.3% to 0.5%
Non-Air Aspirating Devices 0.3% to 0.6%
Compressed Air Foam Systems (CAFS) 0.1% TO 0.3%
Low-/Medium-Expansion Handlines 0.3% to 1.0%
Storage and Handling
CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate should be stored in the original supplied package (HDPE pails, drums, or totes) or in the equipment recommended by the manufacturer as part of the foam system. The product should be maintained within the recommended temperature range. If the concentrate freezes during transport or storage, full product serviceability can be restored upon thaw with gentle re-mixing.
Factors affecting foam concentrate’s long-term effectiveness include temperature exposure and cycling, storage container characteristics, air exposure, evaporation, dilution, and contamination. The effective life of CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate can be maximized through optimal storage conditions and proper handling. CHEMGUARD concentrates have demonstrated effective firefighting performance with contents stored in the original package under proper conditions for more than 10 years.
Consult with Johnson Controls Technical Services before mixing CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate with other Class A foam products. Different types of foam concentrates (i.e. AFFFs and Class A) should not be mixed together under any circumstance.
Materials of Construction Compatibility
Refer to Johnson Controls Technical Bulletin Acceptable Materials of Construction for recommendations and guidance regarding compatibility of CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate with common materials of construction in the firefighting foam industry.
CLASS A PLUS foam concentrate is available in pails, drums, totes, or bulk shipment.
Part No. Description Shipping Weight
Pails: 770169 5 gal (19 L) 45 lb (20.4 kg)
Drums: 770170 55 gal (208 L) 495 lb (224.5 kg)
Totes: 770171 265 gal (1,003 L) 2,465 lb (1,118 kg)
Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are available at www.chemguard.com
Note: The converted values in this document are provided for dimensional reference only and do not reflect an actual measurement.
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