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Aerogel Applications

Aerogel Applications
AeroGel has changed the world of insulation. It began as a brittle substance with very
AeroGel has changed the world of insulation. It began as a brittle substance with very
AeroGel has changed the world of insulation. It began as a brittle
substance with very good insulation properties and ended up as
one of the most light-weight and flexible materials known to man.
And this is all because of a company known as Aspen Aerogels.
Aspen Aerogels took this brittle substance and used patented
technology to transform it into two different types of innovative
Aerogels. These new innovative Aerogels are known as Spaceloft
and Pyrogel.
Spaceloft is flexible form of AeroGel that has been designed to be a nanoporous material
Spaceloft is flexible form of AeroGel that has
been designed to be a nanoporous material that
can be manufactured into flexible insulation
blankets that can withstand temperatures from
cryogenic up to 200 C. And these blankets can be
used in products such as gloves, jackets, sleeping
bags, boots, and many other applications that
require superior thermal insulation. However, due
to its newness, it is extremely expensive to buy
and is therefore not used by many companies and
therefore is hard to find at a store near you. But
there are a few companies such as Burton, an
extreme weather gear manufacturing company
located in Burlington, Vermont. Burton
manufactures such products as the Burton Ronin
Katana Jacket.
Burton Ronin Katana Jacket 2003
689,95 Euro
This jacket utilizes Spaceloft AeroGel to provide the wearer with superior comfort and warmth. Even
This jacket utilizes Spaceloft AeroGel
to provide the wearer with superior
comfort and warmth. Even in the most
extreme winter weather conditions, it is
proven to be up to ten times warmer
than any other winter jacket, allowing
the user to withstand temperatures up
to minus fifty degrees Fahrenheit.
Burton also utilizes Spaceloft AeroGel
in there Pinnacle Plus Mitt, a winter
weather glove that delivers heat to
specifically mapped areas of your hand
to ensure your warmth, without adding
unnecessary bulk.
that delivers heat to specifically mapped areas of your hand to ensure your warmth, without adding
Pyrogel is also flexible, however unlike Spaceloft, Pyrogel can withstand temperatures up 650 C. This
Pyrogel is also flexible, however
unlike Spaceloft, Pyrogel can
withstand temperatures up 650 C.
This makes Pyrogel a perfect
material for insulating such
products as industrial equipment,
power generation equipment, fire
protection equipment, and, of
course, Aerospace equipment.
Pyrogel can find itself in
situations such as a space shuttle
launch, where there is a need for a
firewall to protect vital equipment
from being damaged or insulating
the space shuttle itself from the
harsh conditions of outer space.
vital equipment from being damaged or insulating the space shuttle itself from the harsh conditions of
vital equipment from being damaged or insulating the space shuttle itself from the harsh conditions of
It can also be found in fire suits so that firefighters can withstand extreme temperatures
It can also be found in fire suits so that
firefighters can withstand extreme
temperatures for longer periods of
time, decreasing the risk of fatality to
the firefighter and the people that
might be in a fire. Pyrogel is also a
perfect thermal insulating shield for
astronauts’ space suits, where there is
the possibility of extreme temperatures
in both directions. And because of its
lightness it allows the astronauts’
themselves to have better mobility.
Pyrogel can even be found in steel foundries where there is a need for insulations
Pyrogel can even be found in steel
foundries where there is a need for
insulations to protect equipment
and people from the extremely hot
temperatures of molten steel. There
are many other applications for
Pyrogel, but once again, due to its
pricy-ness, it may not be seen in
general applications such as
automobiles and homes for years.
Thermal Wrap™ for low-dust superinsulation Thermal Wrap™ aerogel blankets from Cabot provide the super insulating
Thermal Wrap™ for low-dust superinsulation
Thermal Wrap™ aerogel blankets
from Cabot provide the super
insulating properties of silica aerogel in
a flexible form that is virtually dust-
free! Excellent for engineering projects,
ambient and sub-ambient insulating
applications, and more. Easy to cut and
handle. Useful as a translucent fabric
for daylighting and acoustic damping
in buildings. Thermal conductivity is
~23 mW m -1 K -1 at room temperature.
Lumira ® Aerogel for experimentation
Lumira ® Aerogel for experimentation
Lumira ® Aerogel particles from Cabot are hydrophobic (water-repelling) millimeter-sized particles of silica aerogel
Lumira ® Aerogel particles from Cabot
are hydrophobic (water-repelling)
millimeter-sized particles of silica
aerogel produced through subcritical
drying. Used in a variety of industrial
applications including subsea pipe
insulation and day lighting. Use it as an
inexpensive way to experience some
classic “blue” aerogel or as fill to make
your own translucent super insulating
barrier.
Spaceloft ® Blanket for insulation
Spaceloft ® Blanket for insulation
Aspen Aerogels’ Spaceloft ® is a flexible aerogel composite blanket designed for insulating buildings and
Aspen Aerogels’ Spaceloft ® is a flexible
aerogel composite blanket designed for
insulating buildings and apparel. With
a thermal conductivity of 14 mW m -
1 K -1 , Spaceloft is approximately two
and half times better insulating than
Styrofoam ® . Great for home insulation,
winter clothing, science projects, and
any application where thermal
insulation is needed and space is at a
premium. Maximum temperature is
390°F/200°C, density is 0.15 g cm -
3 (2.45 oz/69 g per square foot).
space is at a premium. Maximum temperature is 390°F/200°C, density is 0.15 g cm - 3
space is at a premium. Maximum temperature is 390°F/200°C, density is 0.15 g cm - 3
Pyrogel ® XT Blanket for insulation The world’s most advanced flexible insulation, Aspen Aerogels’ Pyrogel
Pyrogel ® XT Blanket for insulation
The world’s most advanced
flexible insulation, Aspen
Aerogels’ Pyrogel ® XT is a flexible
aerogel composite blanket
designed for high-temperature
applications (up to
650°C/1200°F), with thermal
performance two to eight times
greater than other high-
temperature insulating materials.
Great for blowtorch experiments!
Cryogel ® 201 Blanket Aspen Aerogels’ Cryogel ® 201 is a flexible aerogel composite blanket
Cryogel ® 201 Blanket
Aspen Aerogels’ Cryogel ® 201 is a
flexible aerogel composite blanket
designed for insulating cold
temperature environments ranging from
cryogenic to ambient. With a thermal
conductivity of 14 mW m -1 K -1 at
room temperature, Cryogel insulates
even better at lower temperatures with a
thermal conductivity of only 10 mW
m -1 K -1 at -330°F/-200°C! Lighter
than Spaceloft but dustier. Maximum
temperature is 390°F/200°C, density
is only 0.13 g cm -3 (2.13 oz/60 g per
square foot).
but dustier. Maximum temperature is 390°F/200°C, density is only 0.13 g cm -3 (2.13 oz/60 g
but dustier. Maximum temperature is 390°F/200°C, density is only 0.13 g cm -3 (2.13 oz/60 g