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    Sampling Faced Foam Insulation Board for Heat Flow Meter Thermal Performance Testing

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    A practical method is proposed for sampling large-dimension faced rigid foam plastic thermal insulation board in order to obtain a representative number of smaller-dimension test specimens for reproducibly measuring the board's thermal performance properties in conventional heat flow meter equipment. Using a statistical approach, six-specimen traverse sampling is shown to significantly reduce the required number of test specimens without inordinately increasing measurement error risk. Data are also provided which characterize the long-term protective benefits of aluminum foil facers in maintaining good thermal performance capability (aged k-factor).


    thermal insulation, insulation board, foam insulation, faced foam board, urethane foam, heat flow meter, thermal conductivity, k, -factor, aged , k, -factor, statistical sampling

    Author Information:

    Sherman, M
    Senior research associate, Jim Walter Research Corp., St. Petersburg, Fla.

    Committee/Subcommittee: C16.30

    DOI: 10.1520/STP29281S