Archive for March 2023

Insulation Adhesives and Austenitic Stainless Steel

Austenitic stainless steel is often specified for high-performance industrial applications. Like other metallic piping types, such as copper and iron, stainless steel is susceptible to a type of corrosion known as external stress corrosion cracking (ESCC). With system cycling temperatures in the 140°F to 250°F range, the lower temperatures can generate moisture and the upper…

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Energy Standards and Codes | Mechanical Insulation

Energy, whether it be traditional or clean, is a precious resource, drives economies, and meets a basic human need for thermal comfort while powering our lives. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2018 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey estimates that commercial buildings consume 39% of total energy in the United States[1]. There are two model energy…

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Inspecting AEROFLEX® EPDM Closed-Cell Elastomeric Foam Insulation

When conducting a post-installation inspection of AEROFLEX® EPDM™ mechanical insulation, it is critical not to physically damage the insulation. When mechanical impacts, such as fingers/hands, tools, and foot traffic break the skin of the insulation surface, the following unintended consequences can occur: R-value reduction Energy loss Condensation (dripping on objects below) Corrosion under insulation (CUI)…

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