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This is the place for general interest articles, that is, information about the services we provide and the industries we serve but that isn't related to any specific industries, products or services.

Fire stopping of service penetrations

There are many means through which heat can move from the fire side of a barrier to the non-fire side of a barrier, including via small openings (which form during the effects of the fire exposure), radiant heat, and, of course, heat conduction along the ductile or metallic materials pertaining to any services passing through an opening in a fire barrier.

The fire barrier and/or the fire stopping material(s) themselves can (and do) get hot on the non-fire side in a fire, so choice and construction of fire barriers are important and differ depending on the fire rating duration.

This article assists in making those choices.

Passive fire protection
Fire-rated boards
Passive fire protection of steel structures

A look at the legal or regulatory requirements for passive fire protection of steel structures in Australia, written by John Rakic, Managing Director of Trafalgar Fire.

John discusses the requirements of our own National Construction Code (NCC) encompassing fire testing requirements of AS1530 Part 4 or an equivalent fire test method, along with the strict requirements contained in AS4100 for data analysis and calculation of the thicknesses of fire protection materials required to provide a compliant FRL.

Passive fire protection
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