WHAT TESTING HAS UFP GONE THROUGH?

Chip Emely

Fireproofing is one of the most regulated trades on the construction site. Prior to the bag/ bucket of fireproofing even being opened, the material itself must be tested. These tests prove to the applicator who is about to open the bag/ bucket that the material, if mixed according to the directions, will perform as stated on the package.

The most common among these ASTM E tests are: density verification(if the material is mixed and applied within this given density range then it will provide the hourly protection specified);  thickness verification(requires that the proper thickness of applied material will indeed provide the specified hours of heated protection regardless of the size & configuration of the structural member);  and the adhesion /cohesion test (verifies how well the material sticks to the substrate and to itself). Under ASTM E protocol, nothing is left to chance – everything is predetermined: location of the thermocouples, test duration, temperature rise rate, maximum temperature, etc. Passage of the test requires that all conditions are consistent with ASTM E 119, and independently it has been determined that material being tested successfully has met all conditions.

Density, adhesion, cohesion, burn time, etc., are all important testing. However, what sets us apart is that UFP has been tested specifically as a patch material.  Why does this matter?   Spray Applied Fire Resistant Materials contains a slipping agent that allows it to be pumped through a hose. When you take a product made for pumping and try to manipulate it to be used as a trowel applied patch, it will not produce the desired results.

We hired an industry specific, private consultant to create a protocol for testing UFP under ASTM E 119 conditions as a patch material.  The result of this testing is that there was NO delamination between the original SFRM and the UFP patch. It is crucial that the patch applied is compatible with the existing SFRM; we had UFP tested against multiple manufacturers of fireproofing to ensure the patch would indeed remain intact and not spall off. When the are no building records or the original SFRM cannot be identified, or purchased any longer, using UFP will provide a compliant, robust patch to damaged fireproofing.

Every bucket of material we sell is scrutinized and inspected at the time of manufacture by UL and Intertek Laboratories for consistency of ingredients, of mix, of packaging, and of labeling. You can feel confident that each and every bucket of UFP will perform as indicated on the label.

Take a look at our Product Data Sheet to see what test UFP has been rigorously tested for, and successfully passed.