OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® has exceeded 3 hours FIRE RESISTANCE RATING in the ASTM E-119 (time\temperature curve) structural steel fire test.
Also, OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® has exceeded 2 hours FIRE RESISTANCE RATING in the UL 1709 structural steel fire test.
OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® is a unique blend of eight different ceramic compounds chosen out of over 6 years of research and 1000's of compounds that combine and work together to form a heat block against extreme heat migration. Since the coating surface will come in direct contact with flame, a char enhancer was added to form a small char on the surface. This is not an intumescent coating, but instead, a pliable film that reacts to flame. When the char forms, it brings the ceramics up and into the char to allow the char to be tough and remain in place during actual fire conditions. This coating is a ceramic hybrid that is unique to the industry. It is not fragile, it becomes surface hard; and because of the ceramics, it will continue to insulate against extreme heat migration during a direct or indirect fire. Whatever surface is covered with this coating is able to offer extreme heat insulation through any substrate coated. This coating is designed to stay intact with constant adhesion above 2000°F.
The competing fire protection materials are either :
Intumescent paints which are applied thinly but when activated become fragile after expanding out to meet the flame. Intumescent coatings swell upon contact with fire and form a char that is extremely lightweight and fragile, leaving them susceptible to damage during a fire from strong winds, flying debris and sprinkler systems. Once the char is brushed off, the existence of fire protection is eliminated. Cleanup of all surface areas (direct and indirect exposure) is extensive from the swelled coating.
Cementious materials which must be trowled on over wire mesh - which is time-consuming in its application and inflexible in its finished state making them very expensive to apply and have poor appearance. Some will emit toxic fumes during a fire.
Cellulose materials are blown-on and look like a shag rug on the surface. Cellulose materials are somewhat fragile, subject to surface damage and will be affected over time by condensation and humidity, leading to adhesion loss. World Trade Center report - Blaze key to collapse
In other situations, two wallboard sections - Type X ( 5/8 inch thick - 14mm each ) are nailed together to provide fire protection. This is labour intensive and impractical in most major construction areas.
Unlike most fire barriers requiring 2-3 inches thickness (50-70mm), OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® requires only 250-400 mils DFT ( 6 to 10 mm ) to provide fire protection. , OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® relies upon the dense combination of eight ceramic compounds to catch the heat of the flame. When flames contact the face of the coating, it begins a glazing or surface hardening that becomes tough while sealing off any pores to heat, smoke or gas passages. When the coating surface completely hardens, it forms a solid block against heat conduction. The OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® will set hard and hold constant for the duration of the fire.
In summary OMEGA FIRE (SP 2001 F) ® is an extremely versatile high temperature insulation and fire protection coating that offers itself to uses across all industrial, commercial and residential boundaries. The fact that it is easy to apply, water based, nontoxic and remains flexible until used, makes this coating a promising choice for those with high temperature, insulation and fire protection needs.
* Solids: By weight 61% / by volume 74%
* Film Thickness: 3-hour protection = 500 mils wet/400 mils dry
* Dry Time: Four hours to touch each coat. Overcoat window is twelve hours or longer according to humidity and warmth in the atmosphere
* Lead and chromate free
* Cures by evaporation (water-based)
* Cures in 21 days @ 70°F
* Weight: 9.5 lbs. per gallon
* Vehicle Type: Water-based resin system of acrylic and silicone
* Shelf Life: up to 3 years unopened under appropriate storage conditions (see MSDS)
* VOC Level: 76 grams/liter
* Viscosity: 90,000 centipoise
* UV resistant
* Mold and Mildew resistant
Flexibility: Exceptional. Can expand/contract with substrates without cracking or peeling
This coating is excellent for covering extremely hot surfaces (800°F./400°C. Degrees+) for long life, durability and insulation.
TECHNOLOGY USED IN THIS PRODUCT:
Superior Products International has been experimenting with and developing the uses of "insulation and fire protection" ceramics for over 10 years. This category of ceramic functionality is new to the engineering fields. Only in recent years has the idea of insulation been associated with this new breed of ceramics.
Superior Products International began in the late 1980's to set up an extensive R&D procedure to gather ceramic compounds from all areas of the world for testing. Superior Products International knew that this area had not been thoroughly explored before, nor had any extensive documentation been presented for this application. In contrast, many articles and studies have been devoted to the abrasion resistant ceramic compounds and how they can be used in manufacturing and industrial markets.
Insulative ceramics are completely different and separate from those used for abrasion resistance. As noted in this category, no extensive studies have been performed to determine which ceramic compounds, either natural or manmade would be best suited for eliminating heat transfer. Some studies have acknowledge the "reflection" of heat by mere radiation of sunlight, but since very limited study has been performed, it was thought that reflection was all that this new category of ceramic could provide.
Superior Products International initially worked in the early 1990's with the aid of Marshall Space Center Laboratories, and it was discovered that no real research had been performed across the broad spectrum of possible ceramic compounds in order to determine the scope of ceramics stopping or slowing "heat conduction" rather than merely radiant heat reflection. It was also decided that Superior Products International would continue the R&D work over the next several years to discover the possibilities of this new design of ceramics. An extensive search was organized and begun to locate all possible types of ceramics compounds in the world market for trial and error testing. A system was designed to take each compound through a series of heat conduction tests to find its ability to stop heat conduction. More than 1,000 compounds were received and tested. From this R&D period, eight different compounds were identified as having the ability not only to catch and throw heat away from their surfaces in a manner similar to reflection but also to control heat conduction.
Superior Products International chose three of these ceramic compounds to develop its insulation coating called SUPERTHERM ®. This is a thin film coating that will protect against heat migration equal to six inches of fiberglass batt insulation when applied over surfaces facing the heat source. Eight of the ceramic compounds were also chosen to work in combination with one another to capture surface heat, stop heat conduction and glaze or harden to stop flame, smoke or gas penetration.
LIMITED WARRANTY :
Unless Superior Products provides a written warranty of fitness for a particular use, Superior Product's sole warranty is that the product, as supplied, will meet then current sales specifications and is specific only to return of product found to be defective upon opening of container within one year. Customer's exclusive remedy and Superior's sole liability for breach of warranty is limited to refund of the purchase price or replacement of any product shown to be other than as warranted and Superior Products expressly disclaims any liability for incidental or consequential damage.