TRELLEBORG, Sweden—Trelleborg A.B.'s Vikodeck fireproofing tiles were awarded certification from international accredited registrar DNV GL, an affirmation which could lead to the expanded uses for the tiles.
In a statement, Christian Kolderup, project engineer for Trelleborg's offshore operation based in Norway, said the company already is looking for ways the tiles may be used in industries beyond oil and gas.
The flexible rubber-based tiles are designed to be lighter and thinner than passive fire protection products already on the market, Trelleborg said in a news release. They make use of Trelleborg's next-generation Firestop material and can be applied to nearly any surface needing protection such as flooring, walls and roofing.
Their use may provide reaction time in cases of emergency.
"Firestop is a passive fire protection material used to protect personnel and equipment by minimizing fire escalation," Trelleborg said in a statement. "This provides time to evacuate people, close down critical equipment and for responders to gain control of a fire."
In addition to offering protection from fire, the tiles can be tailored to withstand various chemical and mechanical conditions, and are designed to offer surface protection against blast, jet and pool fire. Water-resistant and flexible, the tiles allow movement, reducing impacts that could damage or crack a rigid system.
They also can withstand heavy loads and show good resistance against ozone, UV-light and process liquids, Trelleborg said. The tiles offer noise-dampening properties and may protect equipment from vibration, collision, explosion and earthquakes.
Vikodeck tiles are produced by Trelleborg offshore operations and are offered in four types—each designed to meet different needs.
Based in Hovik, Norway, DNV GL "provides classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services to the maritime, oil & gas, power and renewables industries," acording to its website.