For optimum operation, industrial facilities such as power plants require mechanical insulation on pipes, ducts, tanks and equipment. Mechanical insulation in a power plant controls temperature variation to help limit heat gain or loss on surfaces operating at temperatures above or below ambient temperature. An experienced contractor typically manages installation of mechanical insulation in industrial environments.
Selecting the type of mechanical insulation to install begins with asking basic questions and understanding the scope of work. Mechanical insulation is divided into three different categories based on the level of heat it can withstand. Mechanical insulation contractors need to know the operating temperature range of the plant's system before installing insulation. Knowing if a system is outdoors, indoors or both determines the type of protection needed to prevent damage from weather, a corrosive atmosphere, water or chemical exposure and other challenging conditions.