Cellulosic fire protection

Cellulosic Fire Protection

Superior fire protection

There is a growing trend among today’s architects and designers of civil buildings to use exposed steel as a design feature. However, if a fire strikes, the potential for disaster is frightening. Within minutes, unprotected steel can reach the critical temperature that causes it to lose stability and entire buildings to collapse. In these situations seconds can mean lives saved.

STEELGUARD – the superior cellulosic fire protection solution

PPG’s STEELGUARD intumescent coatings are specially formulated to provide that vital extra time needed to help people escape and also allow fire fighters to save the building itself.

Contact

Global Cellulosic PFP Manager
Jason Wall
Jason Wall

Global Cellulosic PFP Manager

Email Jason

Intumescent coatings work by expanding at high temperatures, from a very thin, lightweight coating, into a thick, foam-like layer that insulates the steel from the fire and it is this insulation that maintains the steel’s stability.

The STEELGUARD range offers a complete set of fit-for-purpose solutions suited to various grades of fire protection, climatic exposure conditions and application techniques. They are trusted to protect a wide range of large, high-traffic civil buildings around the world, including shopping centers, airport terminals, sports stadia and schools.

As well as providing superb fire protection, STEELGUARD intumescent coatings also produce an extremely smooth surface, which can be topcoated in many colors to match the aesthetics of these buildings.

Environmental adherence

The STEELGUARD range also includes waterborne intumescent coatings that have been specifically designed for onsite use. These products comply with the most stringent environmental regulations, enabling applications to take place in working areas even while people are using the building.

In combination with suitable PPG topcoats, the range provides high levels of corrosion protection against a wide variety of atmospheric conditions.

Independent certification and international approval

STEELGUARD products have been tested to various standards, such as EN 13381-8 (EU), BS 476-20/21 (UK) and GB 14907 (China), and are certified in many countries around the globe. They are proven to provide up to 150 minutes of fire protection.

Each product undergoes a rigorous and exhaustive testing process. In addition, every production batch is thoroughly checked so you can be assured of consistent quality and accurate fire protection levels at all times.

Engineering support

Our engineers are fully trained in intumescent fire protection and are up to date with all relevant industry standards and fire ratings. They also have the engineering capability to help customers from the early stages of development, guiding you through the specification process and providing continuing support right through to project completion and beyond.

STEELGUARD™: Atocha railway station, Madrid, Spain

STEELGUARD™: Atocha railway station, Madrid, Spain

The coatings contractor chose PPG Protective & Marine Coating’s (PPG) option using the STEELGUARD FM 585 water-based intumescent coating for this challenging project. Its ease of application, the absence of solvents in the atmosphere while work was ongoing (so there was no disturbance to the adjoining areas and no effect on passengers) and its competitive thickness were decisive.

STEELGUARD™: Résidence Palace, Brussels, Belgium

STEELGUARD™: Résidence Palace, Brussels, Belgium

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings (PPG) worked with the steel contractor, International Metal Works (IMW) to secure the project. About 3,000 tons of steel was protected with cementitious material, with the rest needing a thin-film intumescent coating because of the building’s visual appearance. PPG supplied the complete fire protection system for the project including the primer and STEELGUARD 2458 topcoat as well as the fire protection product.

STEELGUARD™: Wembley Stadium, London

STEELGUARD™: Wembley Stadium, London

PPG Protective & Marine Coatings proposed and supplied the anticorrosive and fire protective coating system for all externally and internally exposed steelwork. A combination of SIGMAFAST 302, SIGMACOVER 435, SIGMACOVER 456 HS and SIGMADUR 520 coatings were applied to the steel structures in order to provide a high level of protection. For the required fire protection, a full three-coat fire system was used to meet the environmental conditions.

Need more information?

Use our simple product search function to get more information on specific PPG Protective & Marine products

Click