Hydrocarbon fire and cryogenic spill protection

The single-product solution for hydrocarbon fire and cryogenic spill protection

Pitt Char XP
  • Unique flexibility
  • Enhanced crack resistance during construction and in service
  • Superior low-temperature adhesion
  • Mechanically tough – reduces damage and repair
  • Increases fabrication speed and efficiency
  • Helps improve application quality
  • More cost-effective through service life
  • Extensively tested and approved by customers and third party institutes
  • Saves lives and protects assets for decades

Saves lives – protects assets

The PPG PITT-CHAR XP product is the only flexible intumescent epoxy on the market today and offers proven hydrocarbon passive fire protection (PFP) against the constant threat of hydrocarbon fire in many industries throughout the world.

Upon exposure to fire, the PPG PITT-CHAR XP coating expands, forming an insulating char that prevents steel from heating up rapidly and delays the loss of load-bearing capacity and integrity, thereby allowing crucial time for personnel to escape.

In addition to its unrivaled fire protection, the unique flexibility of the PPG PITT-CHAR XP coating provides enhanced resistance to cracking on flexing and vibrating structures, and exhibits excellent performance particularly under cryogenic and explosion overpressure conditions.

Longer life – lower costs

The PPG PITT-CHAR XP product is an extremely robust coating and ensures a long-service lifetime that withstands weathering and aging with little or no maintenance. This epoxy coating system also delivers excellent resistance against solvents, acids, alkalis and salts – providing fire and corrosion protection at the same time.

Unique flexibility – extensive track record

As a result of its unique flexibility, the PPG PITT-CHAR XP product has been one of the leading hydrocarbon passive fire protection products globally for over 20 years.

In fact, the PPG PITT-CHAR XP product often exceeds global standards as it provides protection during a 4-bar over pressure explosion test when the standard requires only 1 bar.

This means that, under explosion conditions, this extremely robust product will protect the steel – even when there is significant steel deflection – whereas rigid epoxy systems are prone to crack, exposing the steel substrate to the effects of any subsequent fire.

One-product application – long-term performance in service

The application of just one product with one mixing ratio reduces the complication of handling two different products. With the PPG PITT-CHAR XP coating there is no need to adjust and clean application equipment, which would be necessary when using a traditional duplex system.

The unique flexibility of the PPG PITT-CHAR XP product also gives the fabricator the option to apply the CSP system either in-shop or onsite – without the cracking issues during transportation and erection of coated steelwork associated with rigid epoxy systems.

This flexibility also reduces impact and abrasion damage during construction, reducing subsequent remedial repairs and, once in service, any subsequent repair work due to mechanical damage. Additionally, other defects are simpler to rectify, as only one product is required.

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