This European Standard relates to reactive coating systems intended to provide fire protection to metallic based structural members, including various grades and types of steel. Reactive coating systems may comprise the reactive coating component alone and/or that component used in conjunction with associated primers, topcoats and, if applicable, reinforcement. It covers the characterization of such systems in end use conditions.
NOTE Fundamental to proving the suitability of any reactive coating system to provide fire protection to any metallic substrate is its fire resistance performance determined in accordance with CEN fire resistance test methods, which are currently EN 13381-6, EN 13381-8 and prEN 13381-9. Consequently, the scope of application and fire performance of any reactive protection system is limited by the scope of available and applicable published CEN fire test methods.
The European Standard sets out the performance criteria, the verification methods used to examine the various aspects of performance, the assessment criteria used to judge the performance for the intended use and the presumed conditions for the design and execution of the reactive coating system in the works.
It deals with the compatibility of the reactive coating component with various primers and topcoats, and a reactive coating system's durability in a number of different service and end use conditions. Specifically, it provides a process for establishing 'generic' primer compatibility and acceptable topcoats for use with a given reactive component layer without prejudicing the reactive coating systems fire performance.
The European Standard also provides guidelines for the manufacture, storage, application, maintenance and repair of the reactive coating system and the final inspection of its installation in end use.
This European Standard does not specify the required level ) of a given property to be achieved by a product to demonstrate fitness for purpose in a particular application. This European Standard establishes the route for generic primer approval and the use of specific top-coats with which the reactive coating may carry the CE mark.
This European Standard provides guidelines for the manufacture, storage, application, maintenance and repair of the reactive coating system and final inspection of works.