Wednesday, January 18, 2006

@ Work: Fendolite

Starting from yesterday, an external contractor was called in to site for a job. What were they here for?


... that must be the next biggest technical revelation that I've had all year on this Korean jobsite!

What I found out from THIS website (italics edited):
Fendolite MII is a mix of vermiculite and Portland cement. Spray-applied Fendolite MII produces a coating able to withstand high intensity hydrocarbon fire (gas or oil), whether by total engulfment or torching.

Cement-like Fendolite is sprayed onto important metal structures. This forms a protective barrier (insulation) on the metal surface to protect it at elevated temperatures, in case of an explosion and danger of meltdown.

One such area of concern on OUR plant would be near the natural gas equipment area. Important pipe supports need to be protected, since natural gas is potentially explosive even if leaked in the presense of the smallest spark.

As an engineer, this absolutely fascinates me, because I haven't been on a plant (yet) that does Fendolite coating on their structures!

A note for my non-engineer readers: I guess if you know anyone who might be venturing into hell, you really should either 1.preach them the gospel, or 2.ask them to consider spraying on a layer of this stuff. Sounds like Fendolite might be just the thing to make the devil cringe with jealousy.


At January 19, 2006 2:23 PM, Anonymous smashpOp said...

oh no.. this post is to complicating..

At January 19, 2006 7:18 PM, Anonymous yuki said...

Well, we do apply this sort of thing in my kind of work.

It's Bomba requirement to apply to all exposed steel beams as you can see above you when you come out from any cinema in KL (along those ugly corridors)

Of course, we dont do it ourselves but we'll engage a specialist contractor to apply and provide a warranty.

Havent heard of Fendolite. I guess cos we dont need to meet such high specs for our ordinary building, unlike a plant like yours.

At January 23, 2006 9:07 AM, Blogger Kurios1978 said...

Smash: Where got... toned down already! :)

Yuki: Really? I will open my eyes wide next time I go through those corridors. What is that material used for your purposes then?

At January 24, 2006 6:19 PM, Anonymous yuki said...

For the same reason actually.
So when there is a fire, this material protects the steel from heat. Reducing expansion rate and hopefully able to withstand the heat and still hold the building together. (also depends on the fire rating)

They look a bit like bee hive, it's mixed with cement as well but sprayed on instead.

Dont forget to look up!! hehe!!


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