The following session, known as a ‘Product Module’ relates to a specific product to be used for fire protection. The presentation looks generically at the types of protection and the method of installation for the protection system. This product module looks at ‘Board Protection to Structural Steel’.
The board protection to structural steel module provides an introduction to some of the board systems available and their installation requirements when protecting structural elements such as columns and beams etc. The module also looks at how the correct fixing of the system is important in slowing down the heat attack upon structural steel elements in a fire situation.
The first part of the module examines some of the more common types of board protection systems available and the physical properties related to the varied range of wallboards. At an advanced level this will entail an understanding of the quality and make-up of the board material and determination of density.
The second part of the module specifically looks at the fixing methods of the systems themselves and situations that may be encountered on site, for example single-sided column exposure, four-sided beam exposure, column-beam intersections etc. In the advanced level training this is covered in greater depth with additional topics such as prefabricated steel encasements. Also within the advanced level typical problems on site are emphasized by examination of several specific site ‘case studies’.
The final part briefly discusses quality records and health & safety when dealing with the types of board systems available.