Sleeve (construction)

Sleeve (construction)

In construction, a sleeve is used both by the electrical and mechanical trades to create a penetration.


Sleeves can be made of:
* sections of steel pipe
* plastic
* sheet metal
* proprietary devices that are listed firestop components


* Sleeves must be sized such as to adequately allow the passage of the intended penetrant(s) plus enough room to permit the practical installation and mounting of the penetrants as well as adequate room for firestops. A general practice is to size the sleeve two NPS (pipe sizes) up from the diameter of the penetrant. For example, a 4" pipe, with 1" of thermal insulation makes a 6" penetrant (1" pipe covering on each side of the pipe), plus two pipe sizes = an 8" sleeve, creating a 1" annulus.
* In case of insulated piping, the size of the insulation must be taken into account for the intended firestop certification listing.


* Metallic sleeves are heatsinks in the firestop that follows the mounting of the penetrants. Maximum and minimum tolerances for wall thicknesses must be taken into account prior to casting. Heatsinks can affect T-ratings. Organic sealants used for topcaulking in firestops may let go of the sleeve if it has conducted too much heat through to the unexposed side (as in the case of the fire test article, [
] ).
*Plastic sleeves are usually removed after the concrete forms are stripped, as they contribute fuel to an accidental fire.

ee also

* Piping
* Firestop
* Packing (firestopping)
* Penetration (firestop)
* Penetrant
* Annulus (firestop)
* Fire-resistance rating
* Fire test
* Heat sink

External links

* [ CAL State University Section 15050 Spec, including Sleeves]
* [ UVA Virginia Hospital Section 15050 Specification, including Sleeves]

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