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Advanced Systems for Wood Fire Protection

Objective

Wood is an important construction material (over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber frame housing) as it performs well as an engineering material and compared to other commonly used construction materials it is more sustainable. However, timber is combustible, unlike concrete or steel, and this has significant implications for how it is used within the construction industry as the fire performance (surface spread of flame and structural integrity) must be considered for all building applications.

In Europe there have been a number of serious fires involving buildings based around structural timber frame (~2.5 million reported fires p.a. causing 20-25,000 deaths and 250-500,000 injuries of which over 50% is attributed to fires in timber frame buildings in Europe at a cost of between 0.2-0.3% of GDP or ~€100 billion in Europe ).

There is significant industry concern that existing protective wood coating products do not provide the levels of performance (fire resistance) needed to satisfy the increased use of timber for structures due to sustainability benefits.

Therefore there is a need to develop protective coating systems with enhanced fire resistance which will help to maintain or prolong structural integrity of timber in a fire situation, thus increasing time available for safe evacuation and increased potential to keep structure/time for fire service to arrive.

The REACTAFIRE project aims to overcome the limitations associated with currently used fire protection coatings by developing a unique advanced timber coating which will act to provide at least 60 minutes resistance to fire. This will be done by forming a durable wood char layer which will provide sufficient insulation to prevent further char damage. The result of which will serve to prolong the remaining timber integrity thus increasing the time available for safer evacuation from a building.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FIRE PROTECTION COATINGS LIMITED
Address
Victoria House, Queens Road 44-45
CV1 3EH Coventry
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 496 750
Administrative Contact
Clive Atkins (Mr.)

Participants (7)

J.W. OSTENDORF GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 35 730
Address
Rottkamp 2
48653 Coesfeld
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans-Joachim Weintz (Dr.)
GARVSON AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 245 019
Address
Bolshedens Industrivag 22
42750 Billdal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claes Arfvedsson (Mr.)
VAN BAERLE AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 251 941
Address
Schutzenmattstrasse 21
4142 Munchenstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Thomas Eiche (Dr.)
ENERGENICS EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 207 907
Address
Woodstock Road Begbroke Hill Begbroke Science Park
OX5 1PF Begbroke Oxfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Yingqian Xu (Mr.)
PRA TRADING LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 18 345
Address
High Street Castle Mews 14
TW12 2NP Hampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Collins (Mr.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 20 368
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anders Larsson (Dr.)
OVE ARUP & PARTNERS INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 17 813
Address
Fitzroy Street 13
W1T 4BQ London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristian Steele (Dr.)