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The Problem

In the wilds of Canada, key pieces of infrastructure often sit lonely and unattended. Some are rarely used, yet are critical when called upon, such as pipeline safety valves. In emergencies control systems must operate even if engulfed in flames.

Our Approach

Automation West Technologies wanted to use new materials in their fire blankets but needed to know whether protection would be sufficient and how to engineer the best design. We created a thermal model of the blanket and specified a fire test. The experimental data was used to validate our approach and allowed us to simulate a wildfire at the control box.

The Results

For the first time, the client has quantitative performance justification, reducing risk and assuring customers and regulators. Installations can now have lighter fire blankets that are easier to install.