Passive Fire Protection (PFP) has been used extensively within the hydrocarbon industry for many decades to mitigate the effects of fire, saving lives and assets.
But despite this track record it is often the case that the users of PFP do not fully understand key aspects of this important subject, and the hydrocarbon industries have not always taken on board the lessons learned from the past. This becomes a real problem as more manufacturers enter the market with new and improved products, offering new features and apparent benefits whilst many of the original materials are still in service.
What is PFPNet?
PFPNet is an independent, subscription-funded body, dedicated to raising standards in the use of PFP in industries where hydrocarbons are present. PFPNet will achieve this aim by setting a future technical agenda, and educating based on what has been learned from the past.
PFPNet is a not-for-profit industry-funded body focused on serving the needs of the users of hydrocarbon fireproofing materials and systems, through a focus on education, training, capturing and retaining existing knowledge, researching key topics, clarifying points of confusion and disseminating this to the membership, and to the industry at large – all with the aim of improving quality. PFPNet is focused on the needs of the users of PFP.
The PFPNet Steering Committee has a membership of individuals who have been selected to bring specific areas of experience to PFPNet, and collectively this group represents the perspective of Owners, Engineering Designers, Installers, Regulators, and Testing entities, and the Manufacturing community. The Steering Committee represents the views of the members, and provides independent governance of PFPNet, including the management of finances.
What Areas of PFP will PFPNet Cover?
- Design, engineering and specification
- System development, testing and certification
- Material application and installation
- Inspection, maintenance and repair
What Materials and Systems will PFPNet Cover?
- PFP and CSP coatings and systems
- Combined fire and thermal insulation systems on process equipment
- Insulated and non-insulated fire and blast barriers (including windows and doors)
- Penetration seals (including deck penetrations)
- Jacket and enclosure systems associated with items such as ESDVs
- Other systems used in fireproofing applications