Trelleborg Exhibits New Vapor Supressing Spheres For First Time At International Aboveground Storage Tank Trade Show
Leading global manufacturer of polymer and syntactic foam-based solutions, Trelleborg, will be showcasing its extensive range of rubber fire protection, suppression and containment products at the 15th Annual International Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show in Orlando, Florida on March 13th – 15th .
Trelleborg, which has built a reputation on material solutions for the most demanding applications, will be located on stand 614. The company will be exhibiting a number of innovations specifically designed for the storage tank management industry at the exhibition. These include its latest innovation, Vapor Suppressing Spheres, which it will showcase for the very first time.
Applied as a semi-permanent vapor barrier or used as an additive to fire fighting foam, the new Vapor Suppressing Spheres create a barrier between flammable liquids, both polar and non-polar, and the vapor space above; effectively separating those components needed for fire, fuel and oxygen. As the product is capable of handling high temperatures and has an oil repellant outer coating, the barrier lasts indefinitely compared to the temporary barrier that traditional ‘wet’ foam provides, therefore eliminating the need for continuous re-application.
Robert Kelly, VP of Sales at Trelleborg Offshore, commented: “We have a long and well established history in manufacturing high performance materials and structures for many different industries. Seeing the potential in our technology and the difference it could make to the vapor suppression industry, we decided to apply our expert knowledge and develop a solution which would meet the wants and needs of our customers.
“We are excited to give delegates an exclusive look at our new Vapor Suppressing Spheres, which, as they do not rely on water to put out fires, are most suitable for applications where water is scarce and in regions of the world where low temperatures pose freezing issues. Furthermore, we will also be showcasing our popular Vikodeck, Elastopipe and Fireflex products at the show.
“The Aboveground Storage Tank Conference & Trade Show provides the perfect platform for us to share our industry leading knowledge and engineering expertise, as well as our new innovations, directly with those than could benefit from them the most.”
Trelleborg’s Vapor Suppressing Spheres, which vary in size from 3mm to 5 mm, are applied dry and self-assemble into a foam-like structure that is lighter than both oil and water. The resulting ‘foam’ suppresses vapors to the point of extinguishing the liquid hydrocarbon fires. Unlike traditional water-based foams, the dry foam Fire Suppression Spheres work without experiencing freezing or bubble degradation, and are better for the environment because they do not contain fluorosurfactants.
Also on stand will be Trelleborg’s Vikodeck passive fire protection system which is designed to offer surface protection against both jet fire and hydrocarbon fires in offshore oil and gas environments. The system can be tailor made to suit customer requirements and manufactured in different sizes and shapes to suit any surface. A cost effective system which is quick and easy to install meaning no hot work is required, Vikodeck features a slim design which is robust and maintenance free, while reducing weight.
Trelleborg’s flexible fire seal, which will also be featured on stand, offers a flexible connection between rigid metal sections, connecting modules and maintaining a fireproof partition. The flexible seal is capable of handling large displacements and can absorb misalignments and angular deviations, as well as eliminate stress concentrations. For more information, visit: http://www.nistm.com/.
About Trelleborg Offshore and Trelleborg Group
Using advanced polymer material technology, Trelleborg Offshore provides high integrity solutions for the harshest and most demanding offshore environments. As part of the Trelleborg Offshore & Construction Business Area of Trelleborg Group, Trelleborg Offshore specializes in the development and production of polymer and syntactic foam based seismic, marine, buoyancy, cable protection and thermal insulation products, as well as rubber-based passive and active fire protection solutions for the offshore industry. Within its portfolio are some long established and respected brands including, CRP, OCP, Viking and Emerson & Cuming. Trelleborg Offshore has been providing innovative solutions to the industry for over 30 years and has the largest and most advanced syntactic foam manufacturing facility in the world. For more information, visit www.trelleborg.com/offshore
Trelleborg is a world leader in engineered polymer solutions that seal, damp and protect critical applications in demanding environments. Its innovative engineered solutions accelerate performance for customers in a sustainable way. The Trelleborg Group has annual sales of about SEK 21 billion (EUR 2.3 billion, USD 3.2 billion) in over 40 countries. The Group comprises five business areas: Trelleborg Coated Systems, Trelleborg Industrial Solutions, Trelleborg Offshore & Construction, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions and Trelleborg Wheel Systems. In addition, Trelleborg owns 50 percent of TrelleborgVibracoustic, a global leader within antivibration solutions for light and heavy vehicles, with annual sales of approximately SEK 14 billion (EUR 1.55 billion, USD 2.2 billion) in about 20 countries. For more information, visit www.trelleborg.com