Fire Protection Project Development

PFL Promat International Research & Development has laboratories and a coordination centre in Belgium at the headquarters of Promat International NV (with subsidiaries in Scotland and Austria for more specific activities) and secures a strong cooperation between Marketing and Operations, a high involvement in the decision making process and the definition and application of the Promat strategy.

Promat Fire Laboratory (part of the Research & Technology Centre) investigates on partitions, ceilings, ducts, metal structures as well as tunnel structures protected against fire in extreme conditions and many other systems on real scale, in view to propose to the markets safer and most competitive solutions.

A highly qualified, multiple skill team develops new products, the evolution of existing products and improving the quality of products manufactured in different factories around the world for the leadership in Fire Protection and Thermal Insulation markets. Products engineered and designed for Fire Protection and Thermal Insulation are industrialized together with production engineers on best technologies for the highest competitive price/performance ratio.

Well-equipped laboratories allow not only materials development work, properties evaluation and behaviour investigations of products in fire as well as high temperature applications simulated conditions, but also investigations on products in given systems for fire protection.

A specific approach in product development was introduced since end '70s: mineral engineering, the concept of controlling (during the manufacturing processes) the crystal growth of selected mineral phases that are used to build textures by matrix engineering for high performance products.

Promat's approach in respect to mineral matrix engineering :

• Mineral : selected mineral phases are synthesized by controlled crystal nucleation and crystal growth.

• Mineral Engineering technology
  Matrix : controlled assemblages of engineered mineral phases to realize products with designed physical and chemical  
  performances targeting a given application - Matrix Engineering technology.

Marine Fire Safety

It is the Duty of Care requirements of ship owners and operators that passengers and crew are protected from harm.

SOLAS Chapter II-2 Fire Protection details the legal requirements of measures required to prevent the occurrence of fire and explosion onboard passenger vessels, while also managing the containment of any fire or explosion and allowing the readily accessible means of escape for passengers and crew.

All Promat fire protection products fully comply with the latest International Marine Regulations and additionally, provide tailored lightweight solutions for both fire and acoustic insulation performance.

Fire Protection Classifications

MED certificates for fire protection-marine field

A Class

'A' Class barriers are tested to IMO Resolution MSC 61(67) Annex 1 Part 3 & Annex 2, A754 (18), MSC/Circ. 1005 and MSC/Circ. 1120 standards. An 'A' Class division must prevent the passage of smoke and/or flames for a minimum of 60 minutes. 

The number after the 'A' indicates the required insulation period. 

B Class

'B' Class barriers, in addition to 'C' Class requirements, must be tested to IMO Resolution MSC 61(67) Annex 1 Part 3 & Annex 2, A754 (18), MSC/Circ. 1005 and MSC/Circ. 1120 standards and prevent the passage of smoke and/or flames for a minimum of 30 minutes. 

The number after the 'B' indicates the insulation period.

C Class

'C' Class is the minimum classification of fire protection. All 'C' Class components must be noncombustible to IMO Resolution MSC 61(67) Annex 1 Part 1 and Annex 2 and A799 (19) standards. 

There are no mandatory installation requirements.