Engineered for the future — available today!
Engineered for the future — available today!
Favuseal X3M is a unique fire and thermal protection system for GRP piping and other GRP installations. The Favuseal X3M system consist of two major components: the Favuseal X3M mat and the Favuseal NKX-6174. Favuseal X3M mat is an insulation mat with very low lambda values. Favuseal NKX-6174 is a polymer based thermoplastic material which incorporates two strongly endothermic reaction processes. The combination of these two products yields unprecedented properties and attributes, which are highly sought after within the market.
Favuseal X3M system was developed in conjunction with global on and offshore companies in order to yield a thinner, safer and more optimal fire protection for GRP installations. The outer protection sealing of the installation is dependent upon the fire classification to be achieved. The Favuseal X3M system properties have been tested by SP Fire Research (SINTEF), SWRI, Health & Safety Laboratory, UK, and witnessed by DNV GL and Lloyds. The finished products derived from the Favuseal X3M platform adhere to the world’s most demanding fire classes, like jet fires and hydrocarbon fires, and have passed explosion testing, including 1 bar.
Our goal is to supply a fire and thermal system that will provide ongoing protection of personnel and commercial assets for GRP/GRE installations worldwide.
None of the components of the Fatvuseal X3M system contain ceramic fibres, AES fibres or other known harmful reactants such as boric acid. In addition, the Favuseal X3M system is halogen free and does not generate any corrosive gasses, nor will it generate isocyanates in the event of a fire. Even at temperatures above 1.500 C°, no toxic gasses are released. The smoke produced during a fire is minimal and hardly visible in comparison with e.g. intumescent paint. The toxicity index of the Favuseal X3M system is so low that it is hardly measurable, thereby greatly increasing safety for personnel in case of a fire.
Favuseal X3M is the thinnest system in the world that complies with IMO A.753 (18), L2 standards — passed the 30-minute fire endurance test in dry conditions and a rigorous water pressure test at 16 bars with no leakage.
The Favuseal X3M system is extremely thin and doesn’t require much space to expand in the event of a fire, which simplifies the engineering phase considerably. Unlike other systems, Favuseal X3M can be used in very thight spaces where space constraints are a concern. In addition to fire properties, the Favuseal X3M system has extremely effective inherent thermal properties, consequently, there is no need to install additional thermal protection to protect the GRE piping from in the event of a fire or if installed in extremely cold climates.
By working together with some of the largest suppliers to the oil and gas market, we are paving the way for our vision of ”Reducing the cost of ‘green’ high performance thermal and passive fire protection – Everywhere!”
The Favuseal X3M system is the result of our long-term commitment to research and development. In partnership with global GRE suppliers to the oil and gas industry, Favuseal AS has developed a system that will be pre-installed onto GRE piping, removing the need for a large installation ‘in situ’. Only the joints for the spools and flanges need to be dealt with on site, thereby, significantly reducing the overall cost per square metre for the end customer.
For instance, the Favuseal X3M system is the only commercially available system to adhere to the stringent requirements defined in IMO A.753 (18), L2 with a thickness below 25mm. The Favuseal X3M system is based upon Favuseal NKX-6174 and Favuseal X3M mat. These two components can be combined in different thicknesses in order to yield protection that adheres to a specified fire class. The system is highly modular and can be constructed to yield any protection necessary for GRE piping. Our mission has been to create the thinnest systems available in the world customised to each different fire class.
Favuseal X3M system is in use in some of the harshest environments in the world. The system is easy to install, remove, re-install, and it is extremely easy to perform maintenance, if needed. Favuseal NKX-6174 and Favuseal X3M mat are flexible products that can be easily cut with a sharp knife into any required shape.
A polymer-based thermoplastic compound supplied as pellets and plates which can be shaped by extrusion, compression and injection molding, and it is also available in sheets and tapes. The material is composed of ethylene copolymer and follows a 4-stage process; at 90˚ the substance softens, at 200˚ trapped water is released, at 300˚ pyrolysis occurs in the polymeric binders and at 800˚ a rigid cellular ceramic is formed which is stable up to 1,500˚C. Favuseal NKX-6174 is halgoen free, emits very little smoke and is non-corrosive and acts as a flame barrier. (Click for Favuseal NKX-6174 Specifications)
A thin super-insulating mat with extreme thermal properties. It is flexible, easy to cut, and easy to install. Very low thermal conductivity. Does not contain any ceramic/AES fibres and is produced from 100% unorganic robust material (Click For A TDS Of Favuseal X3M Mat.)
There are many benefits to applying the Favuseal X3M system to a GRE pipe. We firmly believe that the Favuseal X3M system will outperform any epoxy based alternative available in the market place when it comes to total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI).
Favuseal X3M system is by far the fastest system to install on a GRE pipe. It is a completely dry system that is wrapped around the pipe, and the only liquid is a thin coat of paint to add colour and weather protection. It is ideal for retro fit jobs, as it doesn’t need any heavy machinery, tools, solvents, or electrical power during the installation process.
In case of damage to the Favuseal X3M system, the damaged area can be cut out with an ordinary knife. It can be repaired either using the Favuseal X3M mat – 400 series or Favuseal NKX-6174 depending on your need. You can simply insert a similar sized piece and fuse it to the existing Favuseal FFBS X3M system. Then, apply a top wrapping of recommended outer textile in order to maintain integrity and a fresh coat of paint.
If the Favuseal X3M system is installed on an IMO L2 certified piping design, and that particular design is subjected to an increased level of fire resistance to IMO L1 in the future – no problem! Since Favuseal X3M is a dry system, you can demount it, and add additional layers depending on certificates and approvals, and re-use and re-install it, in order to conform to the new fire standards. It is even possible to exchange only the outer textile in order to have the system become jet fire resistant!
The Favuseal X3M system’s elements are easily removed with a sharp knife and re-installed with a hot air gun, to allow inspection underneath.
The system will remain flexible throughout the life of the installation. There is no need for maintenance, except for a coat of paint from time to time. Thereby, dramatically reduces the cost of owning an installation.
Adopting to the Favuseal X3M system, allows the engineers to design thinner and more optimised piping systems. The expansion ratio of the Favuseal X3M system, when subjected to fire, is minimal in comparison to e.g. epoxy based intumescents.
The Favuseal X3M system has inherent thermal conductivity unlike any other PFP product. This means that the Favuseal X3M system will protect GRE pipes from extreme heat and cold. The very low lambda value of the system means that a separate thermal protection layer isn’t needed to protect the GRE pipes. In addition, if a GRE pipe is used to carry a substance that requires a constant given temperature in order to be kept at a constant viscosity level, you will make extensive energy savings by using the Favuseal X3M system. The substance will continue to flow inside the GRP / GRE pipe with minimum need for heat tracing or external heat. We can calculate potential savings and needed thicknesses upon request.
The cushioning effect of the Favuseal NKX-6174 tape provides much higher impact resistance when compared to epoxy based intumescents.
When the Favuseal X3M system is applied to GRE pipes, the high density and compressed air in the Aerogels of the Favuseal X3M mat – 400 series, result in extremely effective sound reduction.
The Favuseal X3M mat – 400 series is both hydrophobic and hygroscopic in nature, which means that it doesn’t absorb water. In short, the weight per square metre will remain constant over time.
The active polymer ingredient in Favuseal X3M system, namely Favuseal NKX-6174, is non-toxic in any state. It has a Toxicity Index reading of 1.6 from scale of 0 to 30 according to NES-713. It has a clear beam reading of 94% in an open-flame scenario according to E-662. This means that our product does NOT produce black smoke that can be harmful to human health. Any wastage of the black Favuseal NKX-6174 is subjected to recycling and can be re-used. This optimises the use of Fauvseal NKX-6174.
When following the Favuseal installation manual, the Favuseal X3M system is the only system in the world that has passed the rigorous requirements set out by IMO, with a thickness less than 25mm.
The Favuseal X3M system, when installed according to installation manual, will always yield correct thickness in order to adhere to the appropriate fire class. When Favuseal NKX-6174 is installed according to the installation manual, there is no need to check the thickness after installation. It will remain at the required minimum thickness – guaranteed!
The Favuseal X3M system has been thorougly tested by some of the world´s most renowned fire laboratories such as SP Fire Research (SINTEF), SWRI, Health & Safety Laboratory, UK, DNV GL and Lloyds.