San Diego, CA (PRWEB) December 6, 2005
Fyfe Company has conducted an extensive research and development project that concluded with a Four Hour Fire Rating for Tyfo® Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) with the Tyfo® Advanced Fire Protection (AFP) System. The Tyfo® AFP System created by Fyfe Company is a two part system designed to, not only minimize heat exposure, but to also provide flame and smoke spread protection as well. (http://www.fyfeco.com)
“Five Years ago FRP structural strengthening was limited by strict fire regulations for occupied buildings. Now Fyfe Company has overcome those limitations by inventing a new fireproofing material consisting of a cementatious component coupled with a hardened rock outer layer that provides up to a 4 hour fire rating with UL Approval and excellent flame and smoke spread protection,” said Ed Fyfe, President of Fyfe Company LLC (http://www.fyfeco.com)
The research conducted was to find cost effective means to provide fire protection for the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems. Working in conjunction with the National Research Council in Canada and Underwriters Laboratories, Fyfe Company (http://www.fyfeco.com) was able to conduct testing on reinforced concrete columns, beams and slabs while under load and exposed to fire.
A major concern regarding the use of composites for structural strengthening is fire. Elevated temperatures during a fire can cause epoxy resins to soften or burn seriously compromising the structural strength provided by the FRP materials causing failures that could jeopardize the building, building occupants as well as the fire fighting crews.
The Tyfo® AFP System has received Underwriter’s Laboratory Certification to meet the requirements of ASTM E-119 and ASTM E-84 (ASTM is the organization that develops the industry’s standards for fire resistance in buildings). Technical data sheets can be downloaded at http://www.fyfeco.com.
About Fyfe Company and the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems:
Fyfe Company is the manufacturer of the Tyfo® Fibrwrap® Systems. These FRP Systems are used to repair, strengthen and upgrade existing concrete, masonry, steel and wood structures. During the past fifteen years our Tyfo® systems have been used on over 7500 projects throughout all regions of the world.
- Systems available in glass, carbon, aramid and hybrid configurations.
- Over 500 structural tests have been performed on the Tyfo ® materials at over 50 universities and private labs worldwide.
- The Tyfo® System has been subjected to major seismic events in Los Angeles, Taiwan, Athens, Seattle and San Salvador.
- The Tyfo® Systems have received International Code Council Acceptance as well as acceptance from NSF, Underwriters Laboratories and many other agencies and ministries.
- Company Offices located in seven countries, representatives in over 50 countries.
Edward R. Fyfe – President
6310 Nancy Ridge Drive, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92121