High Temperature Insulation Covers & Blankets

This article was written by Chuck Murphy of Thermaxx Jackets

Thermaxx Jackets manufactures insulation jackets to insulate very hot applications, ranging from 600°F to 2500°F. These temperatures are encountered with:

  • High pressure steam
  • Furnaces
  • Kilns
  • Turbines
  • Cogen sites
  • Exhausts
  • Utility plants
  • Refining/petrochemical plants
  • Various industrial processes

Depending upon the temperature of the application, specific designs and materials need to be employed in manufacturing of a high temperature insulating jacket.

Before High Temperature Insulation is Applied

Before High Temperature Insulation is Applied to Component

After High Temperature Insulation is Applied

After High Temperature Insulation is Applied to Component

Materials

Traditional materials and designs fail when used at high temperature. The first step in the hot jacket design is the materials selection. This requires an understanding of the hot component, the components environment and the design of the jacket. Factors that effect the materials used in a hot jacket are; location (inside, outside, steam pit/vault), environment (steam, chemical, water) and hot component design (flanged, NPT, piping, lubrication ports). Typical materials used to manufacture hot jackets are:

Jacket Cover

Vermiculite Coated Fiberglass ClothGood to 1500°F
Silica ClothGood to 1800°F
Wire MeshGood to 2300°F

Cold Side

Teflon Coated Fiberglass ClothGood to 550°F
Silicone Coated Fiberglass ClothGood to 500°F

Jacket Insulation

CeramicGood to 2400°F
PyrogelGood to 1200°F
Needled FiberglassGood to 1200°F

Sewing Thread

KevlarGood to 750°F
FiberglassGood to 1000°F
Kevlar InconelGood to 1800°F
QuartzGood to 2000°F
Al2O3, SiO2, B2O3Good to 2500°F

Design

The next step in the design of a hot insulation jacket is analyzing the temperature of the hot component to be insulated, the ambient temperature where the hot component is located, and the desired surface temperature (touch temperature) of the insulating hot jacket using a computer program developed by the National Insulation Association. This program calculates the thickness of insulation needed to get a specific surface temperature for the jacket. For example, if the customer desires a surface temperature of under 125°F for a 600°F component, the program will tell the designer how thick of a specific insulation is needed.

Design of the jacket is next. Depending upon the location, environment and hot component to be insulated, the design will vary greatly. Proprietary designs protect the materials from overheating as well as insulate the component. Proper placement of materials is critical to avoid thermal degradation.

Finally, the hot jacket is manufactured with a high temperature thread using a quality manufacturing process that warranties Thermaxx Hot Jackets for 5 years.

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