FIRE ENGINEERED, long span, cellular steel beams with factoryapplied fire protection were launched this week at a presentation in London.
Firebeam made its debut at the same time as a dedicated fire engineering software package which manufacturer Fabsec managing director Philip Toczek claimed would allow structural designers to optimise fire protection for specific structures.
'We have carried out full scale fire tests on loaded Firebeams and fed the results into the software, ' Toczek said.
'For any degree of fire resistance up to two hours the savings through fire engineering mean that Firebeam will be up to £5/m 2of gross floor area cheaper than a standard UB solution with site applied protection.'
Based on Fabsec's established fabricated castellated beam design, Firebeam is precoated with intumescent paint in the facFirebeam under test.
tories of two licensee fabricators before delivery to site.
Toczek claimed that the latest generation of factory-applied intumescents dry quickly and are far less prone to damage during handling and erection.
'We are also quietly confident that such a paint based system will be very resistant to impact before fire, ' he added.