Maintaining fire-resistance protection in multi-family and other occupancies

To some degree, existing fire-resistance-rated assemblies and their components have been forgotten. That’s what this article is about: maintaining protection using fire-resistance-rated assemblies in existing buildings. Fire test standards for protection Structures can be built with wood, steel and concrete,…

The unseen heroes that save lives and property

Recent devastating and tragic events around the world continue to highlight the importance of fire safety and regulatory compliance. Fire doors, when correctly installed and using fully tested products, not only preserve life from smoke and fire but contain devastating…

FireCORR 2021 Virtual Conference

Explore the latest trends in passive fire protection (PFP) and corrosion from the experts at the brand-new FireCORR 2021 Virtual Conference. This two-day virtual conference, presented by AMPP (formerly NACE International and SSPC) and the Polish Corrosion Society (Polski Stowarzyszenie…

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.…

Putting expertise into bricks and mortar – Siderise launches masonry passive fire protection package

Siderise has launched a suite of new passive fire protection products specifically engineered for masonry facades, making it easy for specifiers and developers to choose the right protection for their buildings. Designed to meet the specific construction challenges and requirements…

Understanding fire-resistant cables and saving lives in real-life fire scenarios

With the continuing focus on building safety, fire-resistant cables – and their ability to service critical systems in the event of a fire – remain under the spotlight. However, it has become clear that fire-resistant cables offer different levels of…

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…

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…
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…

The role of passive fire protection

Passive fire protection is an integral part of the fabric of a building. It is the primary preventative measure taken to protect against the spread of fire, heat and smoke, and to ensure structural stability and a safe means of…

‘Fit for Purpose fire resistance’ whose responsibility is it?

The UK Building Regulations, Approved Document B adopts the standard time temperature protocol of ISO834-1 in BS476 pts 20 to 24 for fire resistance testing of all building elements such as fire doors, fire penetrations, structural elements, fire walls and…

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…

Why mineral insulated cable is the best choice for hazardous environments

Potential explosive atmospheres exist when a mixture of air gas, vapour, mist, or dust combine in a way that can ignite under certain operating conditions. It is these potentially explosive atmospheres which products falling under the ATEX Directive 2014/34/EU are…

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…

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…

PPG PITT-CHAR® – Passive Fire Protection for the global oil, gas and chemicals industries

Passive Fire Protection (PFP) coatings have become a permanent fixture in the oil, gas and chemical industries, where asset owners and operators require high performance fire resistant coatings that provide proven protection in the most demanding ‘real world’ operating conditions.…

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…


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