Hydrocarbon fires, or pool fires, are more severe and pose more danger than cellulosic fires. These types of fires are fuelled by hydrocarbon compounds (oil and gas), having a high flame temperature to 1000°C [1832°F] within 5 minutes, achieved almost instantaneously after ignition. The rapid rise in heat can cause serious injuries to people and irreparable damages to equipment. Therefore, hydrocarbon fires, if ignited, need to be contained and stopped as soon as possible before any damage is done.
In this article, I will take a close look at H120 fire rated doors which are specially designed to contain and/or slow the spread of hydrocarbon fire in any industry where hydrocarbons might be present.