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CharCoat CC Cable Coating Radiant Temperature Approval

June 13th 2018 – Vancouver, Canada – CharCoat Passive Fire Protection, a global leader in Passive Fire Protection, specializing in Electrical Cables is very pleased to announce that one of its core products, “CharCoat CC” Cable Coating has passed another ground breaking test for the protection of electrical cables from fire and heat.

CharCoat CC Cable Coating is a 100% UV Stable 90-minute Fire Rated Intumescent Latex coating. Applied to electrical cable(s) to Fire Rate and/or stop spread of flame along electrical cable systems in hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon environments.

At the request of one of our very important clients. CharCoat CC Cable Coating was submitted to a hi-temperature Radiant Test. The test consisted of power cable, instrumentation cable, 50mm and 100mm PVC Pipe

Tested at an average temperature of 900°C at 1 metre for 60 minutes at a dry film thickness of 1.6mm. The CharCoat CC Cable Coating far exceeded what was expected. The current carry capacity of the cable was not affected, the PVC pipes were not affected and as expected, the CharCoat CC Cable Coating was also unaffected with no deterioration to the coating whatsoever.

“Typically there is no test standard for this type application where radiant temperatures were a concern.” said Sean Ritchie, Director and Founder of CharCoat. Mr. Ritchie continued, stating, “But our client asked us to help and we were only too happy to make sure that our CharCoat CC could do the work, and that was proven beyond a doubt”

“Coupled with the 1100°C, 90-minute Hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon fire tests for direct flame on electrical cable, the new Radiant test highlights that CharCoat CC is the leader in cable fire protection,” said Ritchie.

Please contact CharCoat Passive Fire Protection for your copy of the New Radiant Fire Test.

About CharCoat Passive Fire Protection

CharCoat Passive Fire Protection is a market leader in Cable Coating Technology, with the purpose to develop and manufacture the most technologically advanced coatings, firestopping and protection coatings to safeguard against loss of assets for their clients.

Our complete system can be found at www.charcoat.com

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CharCoat’s Electrical Cable Coating Receives 90 Minute Hydrocarbon Approval

CharCoat Passive Fire Protection is very proud to announce a record breaking test for our Electrical Cable Coating. CharCoat CC has now been tested and approved to fire rate electrical cables up to 90 minutes to the UL1709 fire Curve at 1100®C constant temperature. Tests were completed at Intertek Fire Laboratories in Texas, USA.

The electrical cables were tested in single and bundle format in placed in cable trays.

This truly shows that CharCoat CC is a one of a kind product. We can now say with certainty that our Cable Coating is the highest rated coating for electrical cables within the marketplace and now gives many facilities much clearer options on protection their cables for extended periods, especially for Hydrocarbon applications at a lower cost than the market is used to. Coupled with our UV certification, FM and Nuclear, we cover all facets of protecting electrical cables from fire and disintegration.

The maximum time frame for fire rating cables with cable coating was 60 minutes for 1100®C and now that has been extended out by CharCoat Passive Fire Protection to 90 minutes.

If you are looking to protect your cables in a hydrocarbon environment, please feel free to contact us at anytime, we are always here to offer our assistance.

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Sneaky Tricks of Steel Coating

Not All Fireproof Steel Coatings Are Equal

Intumescent Steel Coating for fireproofing has become a near exact science, with loads, calculation tables, Hp/A and or W/D to know the exact DFT required for your hourly rating. These sure take time to quantify, especially on large projects, but the end result will be exact with a DFT that correlates to the steel section, all based on actual test data and tables supplied by the test facility.

In principal manufacturers and agents (well let’s say most) are offering Dry Film Thicknesses (DFT) of their Intumescent steel coatings related to the BS 476 Certifire approval or UL263, using the given critical temperatures 500°C / 520°C or 620°C. If the approval also allows a multi temperature data, the certificate may also provide DFT’s up 750°C critical steel temperatures. And for sure, the demand of coating is lower if the critical steel temperatures raised.

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But raising the critical steel temperature is only possible, if the structural engineers confirms the higher critical temperature of the total structure (and not only for a single beam or column). If we don’t know the critical temperature of the structure a higher critical steel temperature will reduce the safety level.

In a worst case the structure is no longer protected for the requested fire rating. As manufacturers, we are very aware that nearly all projects we work on with either CharCoat SC60, SC120 or SCe120 consistently use the given critical temperatures of 500°C / 520°C or 620°C.

We have in recent months, especially in the Middle East with several manufacturers agents noted that they are not explaining the structural engineering facts, when they calculate projects they are using a higher critical temperature, which is reducing the paint volume requested for the project to gain a better footing to sell more coating, and in doing so are no longer fire rating the structure.

Something to be very aware of when you are looking at your steel fireproofing coatings.

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Is Cheap The Best?

The Costs Of Passive Fire Protection

It seems like anything in life, we would like to pay less and get more. But typical of most things, this is rarely the case.

And fireproofing falls into that category as well. We were recently asked to inspect a Structural Steel Fireproofing project in Malaysia where not only the fireproofing was falling off, but also the lack of skill and pride that was in the workmanship was horrific, not to mention incorrect thicknesses.

First and foremost, the incorrect thicknesses of the steel coating found meant that the fireproofing could not achieve the designated 2 hour Fire Rating, and was an immediate failure. This was an immediate RED flag and was brought up to the engineering and asset owners.

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Failed Fire Coating

Although we are not cementitious manufacturers, but intumescent thin film Coating manufacturers, we did not have to be specialists in this case to see failure and poor choice of installation. You cannot fault a supplier for the application of their product (unless completed by the manufacturer). As you see in the photo’s the fireproofing is falling off, leaving exposed flanges and no reinforcement or mesh, which is typical of a cementitious product, and most importantly they system has never been sealed.

Needless to say, we have been asked to replace the existing fireproofing with CharCoat SC120, which is no easy task given removal of existing failed fireproofing, preparation and installation.

The funny thing is, we quoted this project originally and the asset owner went for the “cheapest” installed quotation and as you can see, cheap was not a good choice as it will now cost 4 times the contract cost to repair and replace.

Thinking your saving money by choosing the most inexpensive solution can sometimes be a very expensive exercise.

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Saving People & Assets

Does Intumescent Cable Coating Work?

Here’s the story…

fire protection saves livesAt 4:21pm a fire alarm was raised in the No. 1 Tertiary Crushing Building (TCB 1) substation and alarmed at the facility security gate.

The Emergency Services Officer and Shift Electrician investigated the alarm and found thick smoke coming from the 440V motor lead centre No. 6 (MLC6) which is located towards the southern end of the substation. The smoke was too thick for the electrician to determine where to isolate MLC6. The building was evacuated.

The fire brigade, relevant supervision and management were contacted. Significant damage was sustained to MLC6. However cabling directly above the MLC was protected with CharCoat CC Cable Coating. This acted successfully to prevent the fire from spreading to cabling in an overhead tray, which would have spread to other areas.

The same facility has now adopted a policy of passive fire protection over active fire protection (sprinklers, gas etc.). This is due to the excessive maintenance costs associated with active systems. Instead of paying over $248,400.00 a year in maintenance costs, they are only paying for the coating of cables with CharCoat CC and the rectification of their penetration seals with CharCoat FS Products. This cost is usually under $50,000.00 for this facility. Quite the saving!

Why CharCoat CC Cable Coating Works

It was clear that the fire damage was contained to a few centimetres above the cable gland due to the installed FM rated “CharCoat CC Coating”. In recent years CharCoat Passive Fire Protection has been through several fires and has proven beyond a doubt that it can perform. Because CharCoat CC is applied to the cable gland as well as the cable, the facilities sometimes don’t even have to re-cable after fires.

They install a junction box and are back online within 1 to 2 hours. Downtime is kept to a minimum, which means no loss of production, assets, people and no loss of sales. It’s fairly straightforward to rectify or replace machinery; it’s not so easy to restore a client base.

Why use CharCoat Passive Fire Protection?

A small fire in the wrong area can cost a Power Station or smelter up to and greater than $1.4 million per day in lost revenue. This figure does not include rectification. Don’t let this happen to you!

CharCoat CC Cable Coating as well as the CharCoat Firestop Products can provide any solution required for the protection of electrical cables from fire.

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