Thermal Shift is a fairly new concept in the industrial insulation industry, and it is an issue that singularly affects the performance of silica aerogel insulations. Thermal shift refers to the degradation of an insulation’s thermal performance as a result of exposure to high temperatures, and while it may seem like a fairly straight forward concept, it can actually have a number of negative consequences that unfavorably impact the entire system:
- Unexpected increase to surface temperatures risking safe-to-touch safety standards
- Inconsistent process control temperatures
- Permanent decrease in the insulation’s thermal performance
- Increased energy consumption and operating costs
- A rise in CO2 emissions
Given that operating temperatures can and do fluctuate throughout the lifecycle of any insulation system, it is critical for designers to understand and anticipate how temperature influences Thermal Shift, as well as the extent to which Thermal Shift will impact the performance of the insulation. Additionally, designers need to understand the role that the pipe system configuration (flat pipes vs. round pipes) plays in the overall outcome of Thermal Shift.
If you are concerned that your system may be affected by Thermal Shift or would like to learn more about how to design a system that is properly prepared to handle Thermal Shift, we encourage you to join our webinar on September 21, 2016 (Register here). Our goal is to help you get a better understanding of Thermal Shift by explaining how and why this happens. Additionally, we want to help equip you to design systems that take Thermal Shift into account so you can ensure you are maximizing the performance of your insulation material.
A Certificate of Completion will be offered for attending the Thermal Shift webinar. These certificates may be submitted for one Professional Development Hour (PDH)*.
*The webinar content is provided for professional development purposes only. It is intended to assist attendees in retaining and expanding their knowledge base. JM will provide a Certificate of Completion for attending the webinar. Acceptance of the certificate as a professional development hour is at the discretion of the organization that receives the submittal. PDH not available for New York, North Carolina, Louisiana, and Florida.