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Cable Duct Sealing is Key to Passive Fire Solutions

Cable Duct Sealing is Key to Passive Fire Solutions

Cable Duct Sealing is Key to Passive Fire Solutions

A passive fire solution doesn’t seek to stop a workplace blaze in its tracks, rather the goal is to contain the smoke and flames. This delivers two key benefits. First, it allows for an orderly evacuation from the building. Second, the structural integrity of the building is protected. Where buildings have passive fire protection installed, the recovery process, after a fire event, tends to be quicker, and less expensive.

DunbarWallace Fire Protection designs passive fire protection systems for utilities, power generation, construction and high risk environments across the UK. Their solutions will normally incorporate a range of materials including:

Our aim, when designing a passive fire protection system, is to provide clients with a designated time frame during which the fire will be contained, evacuation can take place, and the structural and plant integrity is maintained.

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GSK Irvine, Fendolite Application

GSK Irvine, Fendolite Application

Case Study – GSK Irvine, Fendolite Application

DunbarWallace recently installed VICUCLAD® fire protection board in the Decanter Hall at GlaxoSmithKline’s Irvine plant in Ayreshire. Following on from this work, we were asked to provide fire protection for Process Vessels located in the Decanter Hall.

A Process Vessel is used an a range of industries where there’s a need to manage pressure and temperature. Their uses include storage, chemical change, holding heat or agitation. In this instance the Decanter Hall vessels required fire protection against the outbreak of a fully developed hydrocarbon pool fire for a period of 120 minutes.

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What is intumescent coating for steel

What is intumescent coating for steel?

What is Intumescent Coating for Steel?

Intumescent coating, or paint, is designed to swell to 50 times its own thickness when subjected to temperatures over 120°C. As the coating swells it forms a carbon layer which thermally insulates the steel structure it is protecting. The goal of an intumescent paint  application is to keep high temperatures, caused by fire, away from the steel members for between 30-120 minutes.

The critical failure point for the structural steel framework of a building is between 550 – 620°C. Once the steel reaches these temperatures it will begin to buckle and bend, with a high risk of collapse. The purpose of intumescent coating is to maintain the steelwork below this temperature, in a condition of ‘elasticity’. This describes a state in which the steel will bend or deflect, but will crucially return to its original form once the heat reduces.

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Case Study – GSK Irvine, VICUCLAD® Installation

Case Study – GSK Irvine, VICUCLAD® Installation

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) opened its Scottish manufacturing plant in Irvine, Ayreshire nearly 50 years ago. It’s one of two plants located in Scotland and, between them, they have 800 employees. The Irvine plant produces the active ingredients which are use in GSK antibiotics. Around 2,500 tons of these are manufactured each year. That’s enough to provide 700 million people globally with an average course of antibiotics.

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Fire Stopping Regulations UK

Fire Stopping Regulations UK

What are the Legal Fire Stopping Regulations in the UK?

The rationale for passive fire protection is watertight when it comes to protecting employees and member of the public from being trapped in a burning building. But, more than that, the installation of PFP precautions in now a legal requirement.

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Passive Fire Protection Contractors

Passive Fire Protection Contractors

Dunbar Wallace are Specialist Passive Fire Protection Contractors

Passive fire protection describes materials which are built into the fabric of buildings with the sole aim of resisting the spread of fire. The role of passive fire materials is to allow the maximum amount of time for evacuation from the building, or to stop the fire in its tracks. Why passive? Because materials described in this way require no external stimulation to activate.

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Role Sprinklers Play in Reducing Fire Fatalities

The Role Sprinklers Play in Reducing Fire Fatalities

The Role Sprinklers Play in Reducing Fire Fatalities

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has just completed its activities around National Sprinkler Week. This event, supported by fire services across the UK, focuses on educating and raising awareness of the benefits of fitting fire sprinkler services. This year, National Sprinkler Week also heralded the publication of important new research in this area.

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DWFP – Wates House, 22 Gordon St, London.

 

E240 Durasteel Blast Ceiling


20160223_110813_resizedDunbar Wallace have recently had the pleasure to be involved in the £30million refurbishment of the historic Wates House.  An E240 Durasteel blast ceiling to UKPN specification was installed in the Transformer Room.

The success of the Durasteel installation has led to the Fire Door order being placed

If you are interested in learning more about Dunbar Wallace Fire Protection’s services please contact our friendly office today on 01525 864438 or dwfpl@dunbarwallacefire.co.uk

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