Monday, September 5, 2011

High Temperature Insulation

High temperature insulation is a ceramic material manufactured from alumina silicate glass. This type of material is used for thermal insulation in temperatures of up to 1,300 °C. Trust us, that’s hot. For thousands of years, man has used fire for melting and heat treating. In recent years, special refractory materials were needed to enable the handling of hot liquid or metals safely.

High-temperature mineral wool insulation enabled a more lightweight construction of industrial furnaces and other technical equipment (such as automobiles and heating systems). In fact, mineral wool insulation offered many advantages. Benefits include smaller wall thicknesses and considerably lower lining masses that greatly increases the efficiency of the system.

Aluminum-silicate-based "ceramic" products were first launched on the market in Europe in the 1960s. Due to their high temperature-resistance and good technical properties, they quickly became the reference for industrial high-temperature insulation. Although the 1960s were revolutionary in regards to high temperature insulation, the nomenclature of high-temperature insulation wools was redefined in Germany at the end of the 1990s. The common trade term remains "ceramic fiber."

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