The exhaust fumes released by indoor kart racing can be a potential risk. Each petrol engine-powered kart consumes around 10 liters of fuel every day.
Therefore, it is necessary to have efficient ventilation in all indoor karting venues. If dust and gases are not completely removed the atmosphere can be rapidly saturated by carbon monoxide, which can be a source of intoxication. Human senses cannot detect this colorless, tasteless and toxic gas, making this gas extremely dangerous.
According to the International Karting Commission (CIK-FIA), a sporting commission of the FIA, “Indoor circuit buildings should be equipped with a ventilation system and a continuously operating alarm system for the carbon monoxide (CO) content in the air.” (Leisure Karting Guidelines, 5.2.2).
Tyco Gas & Flame Detection provides a cost-effective solution that facilitates the installation of carbon monoxide detectors, thereby helping users to eliminate the risk of poisoning and ensuring that people are safe from any potential risk.
In the example below, four CO detectors have been installed five feet from the ground and 5 feet from the track with automatic alarms and data-logging. In addition to transmitting a digital signal to the controller, the transmitters can trigger a visual and/or audible alarm when the alarm level (quantity of gas measured in the atmosphere) is reached and can also manage ventilation. Moreover, it is possible to configure other relays based on the chosen solution.
Dangers of Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Burning carbon based fuels (wood, gas) leads to the formation of this odorless, colorless gas (asphyxiant). The body’s ability to supply oxygen to all other parts of the body is inhibited by carbon monoxide, causing suffocation by affecting the blood’s ability to carry oxygen.
Tyco Gas & Flame Detection Products and Solutions
The MX 43 Controller
The MX 43 controller is supplied with 4 or 8 measurement lines so that alarms and programmable relays can be managed. Its datalogging capability allows the recording of events for a period of up to 18 months.
The registered data is easily exploitable (one file per day under Excel). The MX 43 controller records all events (alarms, alarm resets, faults, calibration etc.) in real time. It also offers an automatic backup of the firmware and configuration.
OLCT 10N Digital Transmitter
The OLCT 10N digital transmitter is designed to detect oxygen, toxic and combustible gases. Intended for use along with the MX 43 controller, the OLCT 10N digital transmitter delivers a fast and accurate response. Up to 32 detectors can be connected on the same digital line or distributed on 8 lines.
The controller receives all transmitter data within a second.
Thanks to the non-intrusive operator interface, one man calibration can be done without opening the enclosure.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Tyco Gas & Flame Detection.
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