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Thermal insulation plays a very important function in all of our lives. Without it the cost of energy used in our homes would skyrocket, perishable foods would be available only within a short distance of the source, plastic items and many petroleum products would not exist, and we would have to get used to warm beer and soupy ice cream.
Now to the generic and functional differences of the various types of thermal insulation. One of the most defining properties of a thermal insulation is its service temperature range. Since we are discussing generic types of insulation, and some manufacturers' recommended service temperatures vary slightly, the du Pont Company's established recommended service temperatures are listed in the paper. The properties, good and bad, of generic thermal insulation materials that have a bearing on their individual influence on corrosion of the metals they cover will be discussed.
thermal insulation, polystyrene, plastics, corrosion
Consultant on thermal insulation, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co., Inc., Wilmington, DE