"Development of a novel, low-cost fireproof Insula.. (SHIELD)
"Development of a novel, low-cost fireproof Insulation Material"
Start date: Mar 1, 2013,
End date: Feb 28, 2015
"The construction industry routinely experiences environments that demand excellent insulation performance – in terms of high humidity or applications demanding high fire resistance. These environments often present complex shapes and limited and difficult to reach space for such insulation materials. Whilst many insulation materials are available commercially, few combine a wide range of high level performance with a low price based on an excellent processability (spraying/injection).This project aims to address the market ‘gap’ of low-cost, fire-resistant, low-weight insulation materials coupled with excellent processability. It will develop a group of novel insulation materials which exhibit these desirable properties in industrial products by combining clay-nano-composites with supporting additives. The project will develop a suitable processing route for these clay-based insulation materials which minimises production cost by fully automating the spraying/injection production process. The project will develop and test first prototype applications.It will develop a high-performance insulation material offering a combination of:• low thermal conductivity (comparable to aerogel materials),• excellent fire resistance,• ease of processing (sprayable or injectable),• hydrophobicity (long term insulation stability in humid environments),• high durability• and low cost."
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