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Forafac® for Foams

Fire fighting foams made with DuPont™ Forafac® extinguish fires faster and reduce burn back time while offering safe, reliable performance.

Effective as the major component for foam concentrates designed to be used on all types of polar liquid and hydrocarbon fires, our six Forafac® grades are used globally in a variety of industrial applications, including the oil, chemical and aviation industries, as well as by fire brigades and the military. Our customers choose Forafac® fluorinated surfactants in their fire fighting foams for their superior performance.

The advantages offered by Forafac® can be attributed to the presence of a highly water- and oil-repellent, perfluorinated chain that also helps to decrease the surface tension of aqueous based liquids to very low levels (15-20 mN/m). This allows the formation of a uniform, aqueous film that spreads on the surface of burning polar solvents and hydrocarbons. As a result, Forafac® delivers the following benefits:

  • Speeds extinguishing time by avoiding the fuel vapor's emission
  • Significantly reduces of the risk of burn back
  • Maintains thermal and chemical stability of the foam in contact with hydrocarbons
  • With the addition of a polymer, such as polysaccharide, increases stability on polar liquids
  • Forms a physical barrier against flammable vapors

As perfluorinated surfactants, Forafac® offers both hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties, making it extremely stable and imparting a strong oil-repellency that preserves the foam from any fuel contamination.

All the technical advantages of Forafac are also used in fire protection systems such as Watermist.

Which Forafac® grade is right for your foam concentrate?

Forafac® grades are highly effective in many different types of foam concentrates and can be formulated to expand to the degree your application requires.

  • Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF)
  • AFFF with Alcohol Resistance (AFFF-AR)
  • Film Forming Foam Proteinic (FFFP)
  • FFFP with Alcohol Resistance (FFFP-AR)

By using the Forafac® described below as a key component for your foam concentrates you can reach the highest standards of the industry like

  • UL 162
  • EN 1568 class I-A
  • ISO 7203-1
  • ICAO Service manual DOC 9137-AN/898 Part I
  • US MIL-F-24385F

Forafac® 1157N

  • AFFF: Very good efficiency on hydrocarbons; low or medium foam expansion
  • AFFF-AR: Very good efficiency on hydrocarbons and polar liquids; low or medium foam expansion
  • FFFP: Very good efficiency on hydrocarbons; low or medium foam expansion
  • FFFP-AR: Very good efficiency on hydrocarbons and polar liquids; low or medium foam expansion

Forafac® 1210

  • FFFP-AR: Very good efficiency on hydrocarbons and polar liquids; low or medium foam expansion