June 2020

Environment and Safety

Fit-for-purpose fireproofing envelopes

Although widely used, the term “fireproofing” is misleading as almost nothing can be made totally safe from the effects of fire. Fireproofing refers to the systematic process (including materials and the application of materials) that provides a degree of fire resistance for protected support structures.

Biradar, B., Agarwal, A., Bechtel India Pvt Ltd.

Although widely used, the term “fireproofing” is misleading as almost nothing can be made totally safe from the effects of fire. Fireproofing refers to the systematic process (including materials and the application of materials) that provides a degree of fire resistance for protected support structures. The principal value of fireproofing is realized during the early stages of a fire when efforts are primarily directed at shutting down units, isolating fuel flow to the fire, actuating fixed suppression equipment and setting up cooling water streams. During this critical period, if the strength of non-fireproofed pipe and equipment supports is compromised due to fire-related heat exposure, t

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