DuraSystems’ versatile line of fire barriers can be customized to suit your needs, and offer protection options including fire, blast, ballistics and sound.
Exterior Transformer Fire Separation Barrier
The DuraBarrier is designed to prevent exterior transformer fires from spreading to adjacent transformers or buildings thus helping to mitigate the damage of a transformer fire.
Transformer fires are an all too common event in our ever expanding high tech world. An aging electrical grid and increased demand on ancient transformers has made the fire separation of these ticking time bombs a critical safety requirement. The oil fuelled fires that result from transformer failures can cause incredible damage to buildings and other surrounding electrical equipment, not to mention the possibility of injury to workers or passersby.
To help mitigate the damage from these transformer fires DuraSystems has designed the DuraBarrier, a light weight, modular fire separation system that has been tested for 6 hours fire resistance. The DuraBarrier meets the stringent requirements of NFPA 850 for exterior transformers and is used at major utilities throughout North America.
The DuraBarrier modular system requires no welding, and simply bolts together for a quick and easy installation. It can also be disassembled to allow for maintenance in tight space retrofit applications and is pre-engineered for wind speeds (3 second gust) up to 200mph and is also seismic resistant. The DuraBarrier is pre-engineered for heights up to 32 feet with no limitations on the available lengths. The DuraBarrier requires minimal foundations and is available in either a continuous foundation style or pier foundation style making it ideal for areas where underground disturbances must be kept to a minimum. In a further effort to reduce the number of piers, the DuraBarrier is designed to span an amazing 16 feet between columns. If your requirements are outside this range, DuraSystems can design a DuraBarrier for even greater heights and longer spans.
The DuraBarrier is a light weight, removable, and easy to install exterior transformer fire barrier that will help protect people and property from the potentially devastating effects of a transformer fire.
The front face of a DuraBarrier installation.
DuraBarrier module being installed.
Exterior Transformer Fire Barrier with Ballistic Protection
The Ballistic DuraBarrier combines all the great transformer fire protection properties (fire, blast, moisture, and impact resistance) of the DuraBarrier with the added capability of ballistic protection.
Why ballistic protection?
Thoughout North America there have been many incidents where criminals or “terrorists” have wantonly destroyed transformers with weapons such as handguns, shotguns and even assult rifles.
One such attack occurred at a northern California substation where gunmen unleashed 100 high powered rounds into 17 large transformers. This violent act of destruction cost millions of dollars to repair and wreaked havoc on the electrical system. These malicious crimes have led utilities to seek a viable solution for protecting key infrastructure such as transformers. These attacks have also led to the implementation by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) of CIP -014 Physical Security Reliability Standard. Protecting critical infrastructure such as transformers is now a matter of national security.
A Ballistic DuraBarrier should be part of your protection solution and can be designed to meet either UL752- Standard for Bullet-Resisting Equipment from Level 1 to 10 or for the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)-Ballistic Testing Standard from Level llA to Level lV.
Gun crimes against critical power infrastructure can cost utilities millions of dollars and disrupt the vital flow of electricity. Make the Ballistic DuraBarrier part of your security plan.
A Ballistic DuraBarrier installation.
A Ballistic DuraBarrier installation with girt protection.
Exterior Transformer Acoustic and Fire Barrier
The Acoustic Noise DuraBarrier combines all the great transformer fire protection properties (fire, blast, moisture, and impact resistance) of the DuraBarrier with the added capability of enhanced sound reduction.
Transformers are an integral part of the electrical grid and sometimes are located close to or among residential neighborhoods. These transformers operate 24/7 and quite often create unwanted sounds typically described as “annoying buzzing or humming noises”. These buzzing noises often become the bane of the neighborhood and lead to noise complaints by local residents.
The Acoustic DuraBarrier combines all the great transformer fire protection properties of the DuraBarrier with the capability of enhanced sound reduction. This unique double duty system helps prevent the spread of dangerous transformer fires while also reducing unwanted transformer noise.
When your transformers need both sound reduction and fire protection the Acoustic DuraBarrier is the perfect solution.
Be a good neighbor and keep the noise down. The Acoustic DuraBarrier is the ideal solution for both sound reduction and fire protection of your transformers.
Exterior Fire & Blast Separation Barrier
The DuraBlast Barrier is a modular barrier designed to meet customer specified blast loads.
The processing of chemicals, oil & gas and other industrial materials can create dangerous situations where explosions may occur. These explosions can have devastating consequences for personnel, property and shareholders. It is imperative that industrial operations identify all these potentially explosive situations and take steps to mitigate the dangers.
To help companies mitigate these dangers, DuraSystems has designed the DuraBlast Barrier. The DuraBlast Barrier features 6 hour fire protection, bolt on modular design, and quick & easy installation.
The DuraBlast Barrier is a free standing fire and blast barrier designed to meet customer specific blast requirements.