Intumescent materials – the vital technology in passive fire protection systems

They remain inert in normal conditions but expand to many times their dormant size to seal critical gaps around doors, glass, ironmongery and service penetrations when the worst happens. This feature explains the application and characteristics of these key materials.…

Protecting steel to protect people

Protection against fire is a key consideration in building design and construction, and much research and development effort has been focused in this direction. Floor layout, escape routes, fire-doors and sprinklers are some of the active measures currently employed to…

Take an active approach to passive fire protection with Sika

Leading speciality chemical manufacturer Sika Limited is helping specifiers contain and control the spread of fire with its high-performance passive fire-protection products for linear and penetration seals. Sika’s passive fire-protection range has been specifically developed to restore the fire resistance…

Improving standards with door hardware technology

Fire protection systems are a life-saving but often invisible part of any construction project. Though specific guidelines and standards may vary, the European fire protection industry is united in believing buildings must have properly installed fire protection systems that will…

A unique solution to the challenge of safe oil storage

Safe storage of flammable liquids remains a priority, with the focus firmly on fire prevention. Traditional methods are not always suitable for the environment, with LNG and LPG posing their own unique challenges. The latest passive fire prevention developments include…

Fire and Cladding – Solutions; Protect the cavities, limit the damage

Since the dreadful tragedy at Grenfell Tower on June 14th 2017, over three years ago, there have been endless debates about the pros and cons of the different types of cladding currently available and the best options for removing and…

Fire design of composite beams with web openings protected with reactive intumescent coating

Fire engineering designing of structures has been proven to be an effective method of designing constructions. However, that does not mean the elimination of protective methods, but the efficient use of protective products. This paper reviews the most common method…

Cold temperature behavior of water-based intumescent coatings

Intumescent – (lat. Intumescencia, swelling) Coatings (IC) are a special type of coatings expanding on exposure to heat and forming an insulative layer to thermally protect underlying substrates. A common problem is the sensitivity of water-based IC to cold temperature…

Fire compartmentation

Readers may recall in Issue 14 of Gulf Fire (April 2019 edition), an article that featured the development of international fire codes and standards. In a similar fashion the use and development of compartmentation can be traced back historically to…

Hempel launches new passive fire protection coating to safeguard civil steel structures

World leading coatings manufacturer Hempel’s new generation fire-protection coating – Hempafire Optima 500 – is specifically designed to improve the productivity of passive fire protection (PFP) coating applications. It achieves this by reducing the number of coats required and the…

Intumescent solutions for fire protection in tall buildings

Steel is used as a structural and fabrication material in tall buildings around the world. This hard, strong alloy contains iron, carbon, and other elements that impart strength and durability. Steel offers many advantages but exhibits poor performance when there…

Intumescent polyurethanes in fire protection

Polyurethanes (PU) are plastics that are usually manufactured on the basis of petroleum, which means they are combustible. Nevertheless, their use in fire protection applications is on the rise. Combustible fire protection: a contradiction? A short overview of fundamentals, requirements…

Construction joints with fire protection requirements

ln building construction, joints between fire protection classified components must have at least the same fire-resistance duration as the components joined by them. Uncertainties continue to persist, however, in the design of fire protection joints. This article explains what designers…

Checkmate Fire Solutions’ Expansion Continues With Harlow Move

Checkmate Fire Solutions, the UK’s biggest passive fire protection specialist, is relocating its south-east office to larger premises in Harlow as a result of ongoing growth. The Yorkshire-headquartered business has been running its operations across the whole of southern England…

Cables that save lives

The recent Grenfell fire tragedy has brought to our attention that in a real life fire situation we need to know that the fire safety systems will work and continue to operate whilst the premises are evacuated and firefighters tackle…

Passive fire protection for the global oil, gas and chemicals industries

PFP coatings must perform consistently in dramatically different temperatures and working environments, writes Richard Holliday, Global Director – Hydrocarbon PFP, PPG’s Protective and Marine Coatings Business. Oil, gas and chemicals producers as well as asset owners and operators in midstream…

Fire-protective glass: An overview

Fire safety is, understandably, a primary concern for designers of today’s built environment, and glazing can play a vital role in achieving this. In this article we discuss the fire-protective glass on the market today, how to specify it in…

Why passive fire protection is key to the construction plan

With continued growth of high-rise and commercial construction across the globe, understanding the role that both passive and active fire protection should play in every new build and retro-fit has never been so important – especially when seeking the approval…

Quelfire Makes Firestopping Easier With New System Approach

Quelfire, one of the UK’s leading passive fire protection manufacturers and suppliers, has introduced an innovative approach to firestopping with a one-stop-shop system aimed at firestopping contractors as well as drylining and partitioning installers. Major benefits of the new Quelfire firestopping system are the…

Design considerations when using smoke and fire curtains

If a fire breaks out, smoke spread is by far the biggest challenge. Thick black smoke can prevent people from finding escape routes, but worse, choking poisonous fumes can incapacitate a person within 5 breaths and rapidly leads to unconsciousness…

International Fire Protection is the only international journal dedicated to fire safety, prevention and protection covering every aspect of the passive and active fire protection market. The editorial features are written by industry experts and comprise a unique blend focusing on the latest technology and equipment as well as highlighting sector specific issues from around the world. Regular product and company profiles, events updates and news make IFP the first choice read for fire safety professionals.

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