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Heat Resistant Fabrics for Cast House Applications

By |2024-02-21T06:38:55-08:00November 18th, 2021|

The cast house is the most labor-intensive area of a furnace operation. There are taphole drills, jack dam drills, trough covers, tilting runners, control cabins, refractory consumables, and other equipment that need to be loaded and operated in a blast furnace. In the cast house, molten metal is directed from the furnace to the torpedo [...]

High Temperature Seals for Sealing Potlines

By |2024-02-21T06:53:31-08:00November 2nd, 2021|

Potlines are an integral part of the large-scale production of aluminium. A potline is a row of serially arranged electrolytic cells (typically 100-400) used to produce aluminium. In a potline, the cathode of one cell electrically connects to the anode of the following cell. Challenges of Potlines Thermal losses are one of the biggest challenges [...]

Lightweight Protective Heat Shields for Aircrafts

By |2024-02-22T05:26:59-08:00September 2nd, 2021|

Protective heat shields are used as barriers to sources of extreme heat; usually some sort of mechanical sub-system that inherently generates high temperatures. Alternatively, certain high-performance applications require protective thermal management solutions that manage heat generated by high speeds. Aviation increasingly requires both, with conventional turbine-driven aircraft using lightweight firewalls and insulation to prevent the [...]

What is the Purpose of a Heat Shield on a Car?

By |2024-02-21T05:30:23-08:00August 13th, 2021|

Heat shields are critical components used for thermal management in a wide range of applications, and their purpose doesn’t tend to vary much from market to market—whether they are used on a car or a spacecraft. Essentially, a heat shield is a thermal barrier designed to protect objects from overheating. In the automotive sector, they [...]

What to Use as a Heat Shield

By |2024-02-21T05:36:31-08:00July 23rd, 2021|

Heat shields minimize the operating costs of a system by way of intercepting radiated heat that would usually add to the load on the low-temperature section of the system. Heat shields are often considered to be radiation shields which minimize the heat radiating from a warm to a cold surface. In reality, a cold mass [...]

Protecting Robotic Equipment in Harsh Operating Environments

By |2024-02-26T03:30:49-08:00July 15th, 2021|

Robots play an increasingly significant role in modern industry, often finding application in areas that are unsafe for human workers. This puts them at risk of exposure to corrosion, heat damage, abrasion and other types of exposure-related damage, which can dramatically reduce operational lifetime. THERMOPAK® Robot Covers from Mid-Mountain Materials offer a robust and cost-effective [...]

The Importance of Thermal Insulation in Food Processing Plants

By |2024-02-22T05:15:07-08:00July 1st, 2021|

Food processing plants leverage numerous thermal processing techniques that operate above and below ambient temperatures. Frying, roasting, and pasteurization are commonplace on production lines, generating temperatures as high as 657°C on non-food contacting surfaces. At the other end of spectrum is the likes of refrigeration, blast chilling, and freezing where temperatures routinely drop as low [...]

Using Thermal Insulation in Offshore Wind Farms

By |2024-02-23T06:07:06-08:00June 24th, 2021|

Thermal insulation reduces the transfer of thermal energy between objects which have different temperatures or are within range of radiative influences. Heat flow is an inevitable outcome when objects of different temperatures interact. Thermal insulation provides a region in which thermal conduction is reduced or thermal radiation is reflected by the lower-temperature object. Benefits of [...]

Hydropower: Why Use Thermal Insulation in Hydroelectric Plants?

By |2023-08-17T02:37:12-07:00June 17th, 2021|

Thermal insulation is a means of stopping heat transfer from one object to another. It is usually used to decrease levels of heat transfer via conduction, requiring objects to be in direct contact, and can also be used to prevent heat transfer via radiation. Thermal conductivity of materials determines the rate of heat transfer between [...]

Insulation Materials for Thermal Solar Collectors

By |2024-02-22T05:20:42-08:00April 19th, 2021|

Thermal solar collectors absorb sunlight to collect heat. The term thermal solar collector is often used in reference to a device for heating water, however the term also can be used for large power generating installations or non-water heating devices. Solar thermal collectors are extremely efficient at capturing solar radiation, which is mostly comprised of [...]

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