Plumbing

Plumbing is a broad term, especially when used in the context of commercial, industrial and institutional applications. Fortunately, Aeroflex has the ideal closed-cell solution for insulating every component in a plumbing system, from hot water tanks to freeze protection insulation for sanitary waste piping.

Aeroflex sheet and pipe insulations are uniquely stable in the face of all things that wreak havoc with other plumbing insulating systems, including condensation, heat loss, corrosion under insulation, UV degradation, mechanical damage and extreme temperatures. Plus, special formulations of the Aerocel® brand of EPDM insulations allow engineers to match the product with the special demands each application, whether it be environmental conditions, aesthetic preferences, etc.

Benefits:

Effectively retards heat gain/loss and prevents condensation
Non-polar – does not react with water
Naturally UV-resistant
Naturally microbial resistant
Prevents corrosion under insulation (CUI)
Built-in vapor retarder eliminates the need for jacketing in typical applications
Complimentary components like Aerofix® insulated pipe supports, EPDM tapes, etc. provide an airtight hermetic seal throughout the insulated system
Low-emitting material: GREENGUARD and GREENGUARD Gold certified
Can contribute to LEED credits: VOC-compliant insulation & adhesives
Acoustic properties

Applications:

Domestic cold-water piping
Domestic hot-water piping
Domestic recirculating hot-water piping
Domestic chilled-water piping
Sanitary waste piping exposed to freezing conditions
Storm water piping exposed to freezing conditions
Heat-traced piping
Supplies and drains for handicap-accessible lavatories and sinks
Direct-bury piping
Low-pressure steam
Solar hot water heating (up to 257⁰F, 125⁰C)
Sound deadening of piping in wall cavities

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