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October 1, 2010

Industrial Insulation Systems: Material Selection Factors

To provide the desired functions while being exposed to harsh environments, insulation material should be carefully selected and specified to meet the design goals

Gordon H. Hart,  Artek Engineering, LLC          David W. Yarbrough, R&D Services, Inc.

In the chemical process industries (CPI), thermal insulation systems are often subjected to severe environments that might include either very high or very low service temperatures, weather exposure, physical abuse, exposure to corrosive chemicals, and, in an accident scenario, fire. To provide the desired functions while being exposed to these environments over a long time period, the insulation materials should be...

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