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BASF's foam insulation keeps gas cool

15/06/2011


BASF has announced a new application for its Basotect melamine resin speciality foam, which has been used for the first time to insulate pipes in a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tank terminal at Gwangyang, Korea. Since LNG must be kept at temperatures lower than -162єC during storage and transport, thermally efficient insulation is essential, notes BASF, which also cites easy handling and excellent flame retardancy for the foam.
According to SKI Insulation, the system supplier of the removable insulation cover, Basotect is more energy-efficient than competitive foams, as it is 20% thinner and provides up to 50% better thermal insulation than conventional counterparts.
Dr Peter Wolf, head of global business management for Basotect at BASF, said: "Basotect shows a high degree of stability at low temperatures. In laboratory tests, even at temperatures of around 200єC, the material retains its physical properties. The high degree of elasticity and thermal insulation capacity of the foam remain unaffected, by contrast with conventional foam insulation, which becomes brittle when exposed to such extreme cold."
SKI Insulation found that the lightweight and flexible Basotect insulation can easily be removed for regular inspection of pipe integrity and later reused, unlike rigid conventional foams that are hard to replace.

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