The main objectives of passive fire protection (Fireproofing) are:
The protection of personnel: it offers people time to escape or get safe from the effects of a fire.
Infrastructure protection: minimises damage to steel structures.
Steel does not burn, as the temperature increases its mechanical properties decrease. Passive fire protection delays this increase, preventing the structure from reaching a critical temperature (538°C/ASTM E-119) where its load bearing capacity is compromised.
Without protection, steel will experience an accelerated temperature increase.
Intumescent coating technologies provide this protection because in the event of a fire they swell, creating a strong, insulating layer that slows the temperature rise in the steel.
Aplika Control Corrosion have a range of specialized products certified under international standards, capable of meeting the fire protection needs required by each industry. In order to select the appropriate coating, factors such as