0780 7198 467 | David Copley - david.copley@elitefirestop.co.uk /
Jon Froggatt - jon.froggatt@elitefirestop.co.uk      
0780 7198 467 | David Copley - david.copley@elitefirestop.co.uk /
Jon Froggatt - jon.froggatt@elitefirestop.co.uk      
Intumescent Fire Protection

Intumescent Fire Protection

The thin film Intumescent coatings can provide a long-lasting and attractive surface, pretty similar to a paint finish. However in a fire, the Intumescent paint will expand to many times its original thickness. This protects the steelwork against heat build-up.

Intumescent base coats are available in either Water or Solvent-based systems, and when applied, will offer a robust and cost-effective solution for fire ratings of 30, 60, 90 & 120.

When calculating the product requirements, the following key factors will apply:

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Fire rating required:
30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes

Steel exposure:
Partial exposed, 3-sided or 4 sided

Type of section:
Universal, hollow, beams or columns

Size and weight of steel:
Hp/A

The Hp/A value is known as the section factor of the steel section. This section factor is directly related to the heating rate of the steel section under a fire condition.

Hp – The perimeter of the steel exposed to the fire
A – The cross sectional area of the section
The bigger the area of the surface in relation to the cross sectional area, the higher the Hp/A value, meaning the higher the Hp/A value, the more fabric is required. This means of course, that the thicker the segment, the slower it is to heat up thus meaning the less thickness of fabric required.

Topcoats

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All manufacturers offer a comprehensive range of protective and decorative topcoats to protect the Intumescent basecoat from corrosion attack and are available in a wide range of colours.
All buildings have a Corrosion building classification depending on the environments they are as follows:

C1: Very low corrosion risk, warm dry interior such as offices, schools & hospitals etc,
C2: Low corrosion risk, steelwork exposed to moisture such as vehicle depots, sports halls etc
C3: Medium corrosion risk, steelwork exposed to moisture and pollution such as Breweries, swimming pools

Within a Cat 1 environment, a topcoat will not be required unless the Intumescent is visible, and the client requires a decorative/coloured finish.

Fire Boarding

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Elite Firestop will undertake steelwork encasement to universal beams and columns upon request, using robust boarding systems such as Glasroc F from British Gypsum and mineral fibre boards from Rockwool.

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