Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit

The ideal conduit for transit tunnels and stations; two-hour fire rated.

Product Overview

Fiberglass Electrical Conduit Pipe

Champion Flame Shield® Fiberglass Phenolic Conduit System holds its own in a number of environments, whether damp or dry, hot or cold. Featuring a high temperature rating, excellent corrosion resistance, a low coefficient of thermal expansion and low-smoke characteristics, this conduit is the No. 1 choice of surface-mounted electrical conduit for transit and passenger rail systems. The Flame Shield® fiberglass raceway system provides for improved system longevity and relief from stray eddy current issues common with some transit systems.

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit Advantages

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit offers the following benefits:

A leader in safety

  • Can be exposed to temperatures up to 1,850°F for two (2) hours
  • Conforms to NFPA 130 requirements
  • Allowed for use in Class I, Div 2 installations, per the National Electrical Code (NEC)
  • Does not emit toxic halogens when burning
  • Low coefficient of thermal expansion
  • Wide resistance to industrial chemicals

Reliable savings

  • The lowest installation rates for most diameters according to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Manual of Labor Units
  • Affordable material cost

Better performance

  • Light weight adds to easier installation and savings
  • Low burn through
  • Impressive corrosion resistance
  • Ability to retain its shape after impact or compression
  • Withstands extreme conditions and temperatures
  • One of the lowest coefficients of friction of any in-market product
  • Will not melt or weld the wire to the inside of the conduit under fault conditions

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit Applications

Champion Flame Shield® has contributed to project safety and savings in the following industries:

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit Case Studies

These case studies show how Champion Flame Shield®’s low smoke characteristics and ability to withstand high temperatures brings value and increased safety to clients’ investments; see all case studies here.

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit Engineering

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit meets the following specifications and requirements.

UL and Other Listings

  • NFPA 130 and NFPA 502
  • ASTM E136
  • UL 2196 tested
  • UL 2515-A Listed for Phenolic XW Conduit

Fiberglass conduit is listed in Article 12-200 of the CEC (Canadian Electrical Code) as Rigid RTRC Conduit.

You’ll find it listed in the NEC (National Electrical Code) in Article 355 as Reinforced Thermosetting Resin Conduit.

Champion Fiberglass is a 100% digital facility that strives to meet environmental and system management requirements.

ISO 9001:2015

  • Champion Fiberglass has been ISO 9001-certified for over a decade and was recently re-certified for the most recent version, ISO 9001:2015.
  • The requirements of ISO 9001:2015 center on quality management systems.

ISO 14001:2015

  • Champion Fiberglass’s environmental management systems have attained the ISO 14001:2015 certification, the world’s premier environmental management principles.

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit Installation Videos

Bonding Phenolic Conduit

Bonding Phenolic Conduit

How to assemble phenolic conduit sections. Required tools include Champion Flame Shield Mix ceramic adhesive, a metal spatula, and a 60 grit emery cloth.

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit Catalog and Info

These resources will help you compare Champion Fiberglass Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit to other in-market conduit materials; the catalog is available for download or to review online.

Champion Flame Shield® Phenolic Conduit FAQs

FAQ: What is the UL 2196 test?

The UL 2196 test is designed to evaluate the performance of electrical circuit protective systems in severe fire events. UL 2196 is designed to evaluate the functionality of electrical circuit systems when exposed to fire for 2 hours followed by the mechanical shock of a fire hose stream. RSCC and Champion Fiberglass partnered to develop a cost-effective solution that would continue to function while being exposed to the severe fire requirements of UL 2196.

Testing concluded that the system as described and installed continued to function throughout the entire test. For a copy of the test report, please contact Champion Fiberglass.


FAQ: What are the main differences between epoxy and phenolic RTRC conduits?

The main difference is fire resistance. Epoxy RTRC conduit has an operating range of -60°F to 250°F whereas phenolic (Flame Shield®) RTRC can be exposed to temperatures up to 1,850°F for two (2) hours. Phenolic conduit also meets the elevated temperatures requirements for exposed conduits of both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 130) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM E136). This allows Flame Shield® to be in compliance when surface mounted. Epoxy fiberglass conduit is in compliance only when encased in concrete. In addition, Flame Shield® has met the increased temperature and duration demands of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 502).


FAQ: What kinds of joints are available, and how many will I need?

The Phenolic Joining System includes the Adhesive Joint, which is the straight socket joint combined with the appropriate adhesive. The adhesive is applied to the spigot end of the conduit. Various straight socket expansion joints are also available; expansion fittings should be provided to compensate for thermal expansion and contraction. You can find more information on the Phenolic Joining System in our Champion Flame Shield® catalog.