The product is ideal for the hydrocarbon and processing industries

The product is ideal for the hydrocarbon and processing industries

Jotun’s mesh-free epoxy launched

Jotachar 1709 uses technology from another successful Jotun product and offers hours of protection for steel in hydrocarbon fires without the need of a top coat

April 2016

Jotun has announced the introduction of Jotachar 1709, a mesh-free epoxy developed specifically for the hydrocarbon processing and energy industries.

Jotachar 1709 has been developed using the revolutionary technology platform behind Jotun’s successful Jotachar JF750. Jotachar JF750 continues to be embraced by the offshore and onshore industries as an alternative to traditional mesh containing solutions for hydrocarbon pool and jet fire scenarios. Jotachar JF750 is the preferred solution for operators and installers who wish to remove risks associated with incorrect mesh installation, whilst benefitting from significant reductions in installation time. 

Jotachar 1709 has been specifically designed to protect steel against hydrocarbon pool fire scenarios for up to four hours, as defined within the ANSI/UL1709 Standard. Operators also benefit from long-term corrosion protection, reduced life cycle costs and the elimination of any risk associated with mesh installation errors. 

According to John Warner, Jotun category manager (intumescent coatings), Jotachar 1709 offers the land-based hydrocarbon processing industry significant advantages compared with traditional passive fire protection solutions. 

“Today, concrete or cementitious-based PFP materials are widely used in the hydrocarbon process and related industries to manage risks associated with pool fires,” he explains, “Installation of lightweight cementitious material often includes welded or galvanised steel mesh systems, all of which add to cost and installation time whilst extending the shutdown period.

Jotachar 1709 can be applied in a continuous application process. “Our mesh-free solution does not require additional welded pins, metal or fabric reinforcement, eliminating the need for complex mesh depth or overlap rules, reducing both material cost and installation time,” Warner says, “Unlike concrete or cementitious-based solutions, Jotachar 1709 is highly durable and does not require additional weather-proofing to prevent deterioration. No topcoat is required as part of our UL1709 certification. ”

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