Fire Retardant Coatings

Delayed response time; the major cause of damage during fires

Firefighting infrastructure has not kept pace with the rapid rate of urbanization and increasing number of high rise buildings. Neither has road infrastructure. Emergency response is only notional, and not practical.
Fires need to be controlled at their source and within the first few minutes of the fire breaking out. Emergency responders are primarily focused on rescue and managing the spread of fire, and not on fighting it. Also, water and power supply is usually erratic and scarce. Dependence on such systems is therefore inadequate. Furthermore, the electromechanical firefighting systems are seldom maintained, therefore, dependence on such a system is criminal.

It is a common misconception that use of fire rated masonry in itself is sufficient to prevent the growth & spread of fire. While the walls do not necessarily 'catch fire', the paints do;these are typically oil/solvent based, and therefore ignite spontaneously and spread rapidly.Solvent based paints contain toxic chemicals such as phosgene, ammonia, hydrochloric acid, carbonmonoxide, all of which are lethal even in small concentrations.It is a well-known fact that most casualties occur as a result of toxic smoke inhalation. Therefore, measures to prevent fire need to be taken.

Key Features of NoFire A-18

  • NoFire A-18 is a non-toxic one-part water based intumescent coating that can be used to coat a wide range of substrates too provide protection from fires up to temperatures of 1200 C. It has 3 very impressive test scores - 0 Flame spread index, 0 Smoke developed Value and 0 Toxicity. It is the only product in the world today that currently has this rating.
  • NoFire A-18 looks and appears like any ordinary off the shelf latex coating. However, on exposure to a flame or heat in excess of 170 C, NoFire A-18 will immediately intumesce and swell up to 100 times its thickness, forming a solid barrier between the flame and the substrate, providing an effective insulation and heat shield to protect the substrate.
    NoFire A-18 can be applied to all surfaces including:
  • All Ferrous & Non-Ferrous Metals
  • Composites
  • Wood
  • Bakelite
  • Rubber
  • Electrical Cables
  • Fiber glass
  • Fiber board
  • PVC & Plastics
  • Concrete
  • Brick
  • And most other materials excluding soft fabric

Why Use NoFire A-18

NoFire A-18 has proven superior thermal properties, thermal endurance, low moisture absorption and outstanding electrical insulation capabilities. The benefits of applying NoFire A-18 to a structure are easily recognized with its heat and flame shielding capabilities, ease of application, absence of toxicity and durability. Class A surface flame ratings can be achieved with a DFT of 120- 150 microns, with a single brush coat. Fundamentally, with three coats and a total DFT up to 500 microns, NoFire A-18 is the only coating in the market today that is completely non-toxic, with a temperature resistance of 1200 C for up to TWO HOURS, in conditions of 1.5 MW power fires and 1,800 volts. It can be used on all surfaces including electrical cables.
For coating thickness, please consult our technical personnel.

Proof
  • NoFire A-18 is the only Intumescent coating qualifies for use on US Navy Surface Ships and Submarines vide their Qualification QPL MIL PRF 24596.
  • NoFire A-18 is the only coating approved by the US Coast Guard that meets revised SOLAS Codes (Safety of Life at Sea)
  • NoFire A-18 has the highest performance of all coatings as tested by the US Navy vide NAVSEA MIL-STD-2031
  • NoFire A-18 has the highest performance of all coatings and coatings, in a multi-year test conducted by US Air Force Research Laborator0079
  • Altair & NoFire are currently approved by the Director, Maharashtra Fire Services for passive fire protection.

Benefits

  • Low Volatile Organic Content: The Product is approved as a GREEN PRODUCT based on its low VOC content. As per standard ASTM E662 Toxicity Tests, NoFire A-18 is the highest rated product, and has registered levels less than 0.0003% of volatile compounds such as Hydrochloric acid, Hydrogen Flouride, Nitrous fumes, Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur dioxide, Hydrogen Sulphide, Ammonia, Formaldehyde, Acrylonitrile, Phenol& Phosgene.
  • Extreme Durability: NoFire A-18 is the only coating available in the market today whose firefighting properties do not get affected over time. NoFire will be effective indefinitely as long as its top coat/laminate does not get affected. For this purpose, we recommend NoFire A-18 be top coated with NoFire URACOAT®, a top coat that has been specially developed for application with NoFire A-18
  • NoFire A-18 is a single component, water base coating.
  • NoFire A-18 can be easily applied by brush, roller or spray.
  • No Pre-mixing or dilution is required.
  • No special surface preparation is required for NoFire A-18.
  • NoFire A-18 can be easily cleaned with water.
  • NoFire A-18 air cures, no heating required after application.
  • NoFire A-18 can be top coated for gloss or semi-gloss finish with any off the shelf latex coating available today, e.g.Duracoat, etc.

Sectors in which NoFire A-18 finds its application

  • Telecom & IT
    Power/ Battery/Server rooms, Cables, Fire Escape Areas, etc
  • Construction & Buildings
    Control Panels, Concrete, Elevator Ducts & Elevator Rooms,Structural Steel, etc
  • Oil Industry
    Exterior Storage Tanks, Pumping Stations, Oil Rigs, etc
  • Shipping
    Bulkheads, Overheads PVC pipes, General Industry, etc
  • Armed Forces
    Mobile Missile Transports, Electrical Closets & Panels, Radar Units, etc.
  • Railways
    (Wire A-18 & ARC FlashTapes), Electric & Diesel, Locomotives, Coach Internals,HT Cubicles, etc.
  • Airlines
    Engine Covers, Electrical Cables, Hydraulic Lines, Cargo Areas, etc.
Concrete Protection

While fire protection to structural steel is a well-established, due to the number of structural fires in the recent past, studies have shown that it is also important to provide fire protection to concrete. Since, on exposure to heat, concrete; which contains multiple elements, undergoes certain irreversible physical as well as chemical changes.

  • Excessive heat leads to the vaporisation of liquid water in porous cement, causing a build-up of pressure within the concrete.
  • When temperatures reach to about 400°C, the calcium hydroxide in the cement begins to dehydrate, generating further water vapour; reducing the physical strength of the material.
  • Differential expansion between the aggregate and the cement matrix may cause cracking and spalling.
  • When spalling takes place, the steel components of the structures are exposed to heat; leading to deterioration of the mechanical properties of the entire structure.

Why Use NoFire A-18

NoFire A-18 has proven superior thermal properties, thermal endurance, low moisture absorption and outstanding electrical insulation capabilities. The benefits of applying NoFire A-18 to a structure are easily recognized with its heat and flame shielding capabilities, ease of application, absence of toxicity and durability. Class A surface flame ratings can be achieved with a DFT of 120- 150 microns, with a single brush coat. Fundamentally, with three coats and a total DFT up to 500 microns, NoFire A-18 is the only coating in the market today that is completely non-toxic, with a temperature resistance of 1200 C for up to TWO HOURS, in conditions of 1.5 MW power fires and 1,800 volts. It can be used on all surfaces including electrical cables.
For coating thickness, please consult our technical personnel.

Test Approvals for NoFire A-18

NoFire A-18 has been approved under the following:
Toxicity Tests

    NES 713 Test:
  • Gas Analysis by the Dragger Tube Method: ASTM E662
  • Acute Inhalation Toxicity of Thermal Degreation Products using the NYS Modified Pittsburgh Protocol
  • Boeing and Bombardier Standards
    Milatary / Naval Testing
  • US Navy approved QPL 24596 Type II Class I, Application A(the only coating in the world with this approval)
  • Approved US Military, GSA Number- GS-06F-0024K
  • NAVSEA MIL STD 2031 Naval Surface Warfare Centre, USA
  • MIL STD-1648A- Radiation Heat Flux on Missile Canisters
  • US Coast Guard
  • Boeing and Bombardier Standards
  • Indian Army

    Airlines
  • NFPA 417- Protection of Aircraft Loading Walkways
  • FAR 25.855- Protection against Flammability of Aircraft Liners ELECTRICAL CABLES
  • Approved for use on conduit and cable trays by US Nuclear Regulatory Commission 86-10
  • Approval for use on Electrical Cables (ANSI/IEEE Standard 383)
  • Approved for use at Zaporozhne Nuclear Power Station,Ukraine

    Shipping
  • International Maritime Organization A.653.(16) & MSC.41(64)
  • American Bureau of Shipping
  • Indian Register of Shipping DNV
  • DNV-European Community
  • Lloyds Register
  • Germanischer Lloyd
  • Germanischer Lloyd (European Community)
  • IMO SOLAS Codes
    Independent Testing
  • VJTI (Central Technological Institute, Maharashtra State)
  • Approved by ERDA for electrical applications
  • Approved by MES (Military Engineering Services)
  • Approved by Maharashtra & Assam Fire Services
  • Class A Rated (ASTM E-84-87) UL Rated (712, 723, 94,746C)
  • Approved by City of New York
  • Approved by Mumbai Fire Brigade
  • Approved by State of Rhode Island
  • Approved by State of California
  • Approved for use to make Fire Doors- ASTM E-152, BS-476, CAN4S104-180 (US, UK & Canada)
  • Approved for use on Plastic & Foam Systems (Uniform Building Code- UBC 17-5)
  • Approved for use on Textile Wall Coverings (Uniform Building Code- UBC 8-2)
  • Approved for use as Fire Stop (ASTM-814-88)
  • Excellent Adhesion Properties (ASTM D-3559)
  • Acoustical Ceiling Fire Tests (Fc708)