EPS51/52 and EPS53/58 rubber expansion joints have been approved in accordance with “Marine Equipment Directive” (Commission Directive [EU] 2015/559) in line with the requirements of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), which marks components with the MED “wheel mark” with regards to all requirements concerning design, production and testing.
Global original equipment manufacturer of rubber and steel expansion joints
EP&S feature prominently in the shipbuilding industry as well as in its ancillary industries as well, particularly in the case of ship chandlers. Our rubber and steel expansion joints have been granted the standard type approvals and therefore fulfil the regulations of ship classification societies such as the American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Germanischer Lloyd, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Registro Italiano Navale, China Classification Society, Korean Register of Shipping and Nippon Kaiji Kyōkai.
Tested resistance to fire in accordance with EN ISO 15540/41
Classification and building regulations of ship classification societies set high standards and require special tests to be performed on expansion joints – particularly those to be used in engine rooms. EPS51/52 and EPS53/58 expansion joints – which are used in these applications – have undergone and passed fire resistance tests in accordance with EN ISO 15540/41 and therefore comply with the regulations of the IACS (International association of classification societies). As part of this flame-resistance testing, the expansion joints are exposed to a temperature of 800°C with an internal pressure of 10 bar for a period of 30 minutes. The fire resistance of the expansion joint represents the duration during which the expansion joint must continue to function correctly in the event of a fire. Following flame impingement of the expansion joint, the joint must withstand a burst pressure test of at least 15 bar.
Tried-and-tested maritime application fields at a glance
- Shipbuilding industry
- Ship chandlers
- Offshore structures such as drilling rigs, pipelines and wind parks