Expandol LT

High Expansion Foam - Low Temperature (HI-EX-LT)

Expandol LT is a superior quality high expansion fire fighting Foam (Hi-Ex) concentrate for extinguishing and securing flammable hydrocarbon liquid fires.

Its unique formulation is a blend of high activity synthetic foaming agents and foam stabilisers specially formulated to produce an extremely stable long-lasting foam. Expandol has been formulated primarily for use at medium and high expansion, and it is effective on a wide variety of Class A and Class B fire risks. The finished foam has drainage characteristics far superior to those of standard detergents which increase its ability to carry water to the fire, acting as a positive aid to effective fire extinguishment. 

Expandol LT used at medium and high expansion combats fires in three ways:  

  • Initial contact with fire generates a large volume of steam reducing the available oxygen to create an inert atmosphere. 
  • The high water content of medium expansion foam produces a valuable cooling effect. 
  • The large volume of foam generated engulfs the area and totally seals off and extinguishes any remaining fires.  

Expandol LT is extremely economical. For example, when used with the Hi-Combat Turbex Mk2high expansion foam generator 200 m3 min-1 (7000 ft3 min-1) of finished foam can be produced at an expansion of 1200:1 for a consumption rate of nominally 5 l min-1.

 

Performance Approvals   

  • Expandol LT is measured primarily against Lloyd’s Register NFPA 11A.

Environmental Impact      

Expandol LT is biodegradable and virtually non-toxic to aquatic organisms.

Applications         

Expandol LT is the ideal foam to use at medium expansion at minor incidents such as small hydrocarbon liquid spill fires where close approach to the fire allows handheld apparatus to be used. It can also be used in conjunction with fixed installations to provide bund protection, where it can achieve extinction of fires or suppression of toxic vapour release after chemical spillage.

At medium and high expansion, Expandol LT is used for the total flooding of fire areas involving Class A and Class B fires: medium expansion for small areas such as cellars and basements of buildings, and high expansion for large areas such as ships’ holds, machinery spaces, and LNG storage tank bunds. Medium and high expansion foams are most effective when dealing with outbreaks of fire in inaccessible locations, where direct application of conventional agents such as water is difficult or impossible due to smoke or restricted access.

Proportioning  

Expandol LT is intended for use at 1 - 3% (high expansion) to 3 - 6% (medium expansion).

Expandol LT gives best results when used with the Angus Fire range of high and medium expansion foammaking equipment. It may also be used satisfactorily with other manufacturers' equipment.

Physical Properties  

Appearance

Amber liquid

Specific gravity @ 20°C

1.00

pH @ 20°C

6.0 - 8.0

Viscosity 20°C (mm2sec-1)

10.0

Viscosity @ 0°C (mm2sec-1)

23.0

Viscosity @ -10°C  (mm2sec-1)

34.0

Max. continuous storage temp. (°C) 

40

Max. intermittent storage temp. (°C)

60

Effect of freeze/thaw

No performance loss

Lowest use temperature (°C)

-13 

Sediment as shipped (% v/v) 

≤ 0.1 

Sediment after ageing (% v/v) 

≤ 0.5

 

(Hi-Combat MEX 225 & 450) 

Induction rate % *

 

 

3 - 6

Expansion ratio *

 

(Hi-Combat Turbex Mk2) 

Induction rate % *

65:1

 

 

1 - 2

Expansion ratio *                     

 

500:1 - 1250:1

* These vary depending on the performance characteristics of the foam. These are the properties given when tested with Angus Fire Equipment.

Additional Information 

For additional information on fire fighting foam concentrates including C6 foams, foam testing, compatibility, shelf life and pack sizes, please refer to our FAQs section.

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