Advanced Insulation Launches its ContraFlame® Under Deck Lightweight Revolution

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With the growth of offshore platforms operating in extreme environments, the need for under deck insulation systems that can cope with a combination of condensation, ice build-up, extreme heat and high humidity above the cellar deck is becoming paramount.

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The greatly reduced time and cost saving benefits of the revolutionary ContraFlame lightweight under deck systems have already been acknowledged, with systems having been installed by major oil companies including Exxon, Chevron, Total, BP and Talisman.

Approved systems are designed to provide a number of operational and safety functions including thermal insulation (with typical U value ranges from 0.3 to 0.5 Wm²K); passive hydrocarbon pool and jet-fire protection per IMO classifications (e.g. H60 and J120); blast resistance systems to withstand blast overpressures of 0.2 to 1.2 bar; noise reduction to a typical range of Rw 30 to 51dB; impact resistance to withstand wave slam and ice build-up; and corrosion under insulation (CUI) longevity to maintain long term integrity and minimise the risk of CUI.

To achieve these requirements a traditional combination of as many as four different systems was required, typically resulting in significant weight implications.

To address these handling problems, Advanced Insulation – a leading provider of technical coatings including its unique syntactic phenolic resin-based foam insulation and fire protection systems – has applied its ContraFlame® technology to develop a lightweight under deck system that provides weight savings of up to 60% compared with traditional systems.

The ContraFlame Under Deck Lightweight solutions also provide integrated thermal insulation, passive fire protection, blast resistance and noise reduction in a single certified system. This also takes full advantage of the proven CUI performance of Advanced Insulation’s ContraFlame and ContraTherm® products, both in topside and subsea applications.

Commenting for Advanced Insulation, marketing manager Asaf Hisherik says: “The greatly reduced time and cost saving benefits of the revolutionary ContraFlame lightweight under deck systems have already been acknowledged, with systems having been installed by major oil companies including Exxon, Chevron, Total, BP and Talisman."

Advanced Insulation offers three unique ContraFlame systems for under deck protection.

ContraFlame JF120 offers fully bonded integral thermal insulation and passive fire protection to J120; H60 blast overpressure to 4.2 bar; and thermal conductivity of 0.054 Wm-¹K-¹. It also offers typical U values 0.57 W/m²K; a system thickness of 90mm; and weight of 31 kg/m².

The ContraFlame MS400 bonded pre-formed panel offers integral thermal insulation and hydrocarbon fire protection to H120 and thermal conductivity of 0.032 Wm-¹K-¹. U values for ContraFlame MS400 are typically 0.229 W/m²K, with a system thickness of 107mm and weight of just 14.3 kg/m².

Finally, its ContraFlame JF120 Acoustic Deck Protection bonded pre-formed panels offer integral thermal insulation and jet fire protection to J120 and H60; acoustic noise reduction to Rw 51dB; and thermal conductivity of 0.054 Wm-¹K-¹. It also offers typical U values of 0.16 W/m²K; a system thickness of 226mm; and weight of 52.4 kg/m².

For further information on Advanced Insulations ContraFlame Under Deck Lightweight solutions, call +44 (0)1452 880880 or visit http://www.aisplc.com. Alternatively, download your copy of the Product Comparison Chart. Finally, a video outlining Advanced Insulation's range of technical coatings for the protection of oil and gas facilities can be viewed here.

ContraFlame® and ContraTherm® are registered trademarks of Advanced Insulation plc.

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