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Fireproofing

Use of Fire Resistive Coatings in Building Construction

Fire resistive coatings generally refers to a broad group of materials known as sprayed fire resistive materials (SFRM).  These coatings provide protection to structural steel in buildings and other structures by serving as an insulative layer in the event of a fire.  The coatings are rated by how long they provide such protection, typically from …

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Fireproof Coatings

Diagnosing Failure in Fireproofing [Intumescent Coatings]

The project specification for a recent building addition at a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility required that much of the structural steel be fireproofed. Fireproofing in this instance meant the application of a fire-resistive or intumescent coating. Intumescent coating products are designed to passively protect substrate materials—typically steel—from reaching combustion temperatures. These coatings function by charring and …

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