Industrial

Selecting the proper insulation for mechanical equipment in industrial facilities is challenging for the owner and mechanical engineer due to critical success factors such as wide ambient and line temperature ranges, cycling systems, expensive piping and equipment, condensation, noise & process control, personnel and fire protection, all while requiring minimal downtime.

Aerocel EPDM closed cell elastomeric foam insulation offers industrial facility owners a favorable return on investment by saving energy while protecting equipment from corrosion under insulation (CUI) when insulating pipes, pumps, tanks, vessels and spheres.

Benefits:

Effectively retards heat gain/loss and controls vapor drive
Favorable thermal conductivity (k-value) reduces the need to double-layer
Industry’s lowest elastomeric foam insulation permeability @ .01 perm-inch
Built-in vapor retarder eliminates the need for jacketing for many applications (may be required for extreme environments and mechanical protection)
Non-corrosive on stainless steel piping
Fire safety – passes ASTM E 84 25/50 up to 2” (50 mm) thick
Attenuates sound at lower frequencies
Flexible & lightweight
Naturally mold-resistant
UV-resistant
Factory-produced tube sizes up to 16” IPS
No bulk fabrication required, saves time and reduces total installed cost

Applications:

Refrigeration: ammonia, CO2, DX and others
Continuous line temperatures ranging from 257ºF (125ºC) down to -320ºF (-196ºC)
Stainless steel piping & equipment
Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF)
Chilled water
Liquid natural gas
Fuel storage
Process systems
Limited cryogenic

Why non-polar EPDM elevates insulation preformance

Aeroflex's Aerocel brand of insulation products are unique among other closed-cell elastomeric foams in that they are classified “non-polar.” EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a non-polar compound and the basis for all Aerocel insulation.

Polarity is a function of the electrical charge across a molecular structure. When a material is classified as “non-polar,” it means that the electrical charges are evenly distributed across each molecule. This makes the molecules more stable, especially when exposed to water.  As a result, Aerocel insulation degrades at a slower rate than other closed-cell elastomeric brands, especially when exposed to moisture, sunlight, ozone and a wide range of temperatures.

Because Aerocel EPDM insulation is hydrophobic, meaning that it does not react with water, it is inherently microbial-resistant and lasts longer, providing owners with a more favorable product life-cycle assessment and cost than other closed-cell elastomeric foam insulations.

For a more detailed explanation please refer to  our whitepaper: Chemical Polarityand Its Impact on the Performance of Elastomeric Foam Insulation