Navy Approves PPG Coating To Stop Cable Fires

—Brochure Available PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, Pa., has developed and commercialized a proprietary coating to stop shipboard fires that ignite cable systems.

PITT-CHAR® 200 coating is the first of its type approved for use by the U.S. Navy to coat electrical cables and penetrators. The first commercial application was recently completed on the USS Kennedy aircraft carrier.

Shipboard fires that ignite cable systems spread rapidly, are virtually uncontrollable and threaten human life. According to the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., "PITTCHAR 200 has successfully passed testing conducted by the David Taylor Research Center (DTRC) and is approved for application to fire zone penetrations as a fire-stop method." Although the cable systems in newer ships within the fleet are covered with material that minimizes smoke and gases during fires, more than 500 ships in the existing fleet contain millions of feet of combustible cable that can produce heavy smoke and toxic fumes when burned.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 79,  Nov 1988

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