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Industrial and cryogenic applications place many demands on thermal insulation. It must be easy to apply, deliver high thermal performance over a wide range of temperatures, and hold up over time in harsh environments.

Cabot's aerogel delivers in all areas:

  • Thermal performance: With thermal conductivity 2-4 times lower than that of traditional materials such as polyurethane foam, mineral wool, perlite, and cellular glass, aerogel provides much higher thermal efficiency at the same thickness and/or a significantly reduced insulation profile. Under mechanical compression, performance actually improves, making it ideal for load-bearing applications.
  • Durability: Made of inorganic amorphous silica, and without blowing agents that degrade over time like polyurethane foam, aerogel's performance is permanent. Its springy mechanical properties easily accommodate mechanical movements and vibrations without settling like perlite. Cabot's aerogel is completely hydrophobic and won't absorb water like many insulation materials.
  • Ease of application: Cabot aerogel is available in several products tailored for a variety of applications using conventional installation techniques. 
    • The Aerocladblanket delivers more than twice the thermal insulation protection compared to conventional high temperature materials such as mineral wool, calcium silicate and fiberglass.  The blanket also offers significantly lower water retention and faster drying, minimizing the potential for corrosion under insulation.   
    • Particles are especially useful for loose-fill applications and can fill even small cavities in complex geometries such as double-wall tanks and around fittings and valves. 
    • The Thermal Wrap blanket is easily cut, rolled and shaped in the field with minimal dusting for installation on pipes, tanks and other equipment. 
    • The Compression Pack is designed for fast installation in pipeline systems.


These unique properties make Cabot aerogel the ideal solution for a variety of industrial and cryogenic applications, such as:

  • Piping
  • Transport tanks
  • Stationary tanks
  • Fittings
  • Subsea pipelines
  • Flexible pipes/hoses
  • Ships
  • Trailers
  • Rail cars


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