Employing industrial thermal insulation is essential to keep your equipment and machinery operating at its best. However, several mechanical or environmental factors can influence its deterioration or insulation capacity. This could cause problems in terms of energy efficiency and production performance.
Here, we will address in greater detail some recommendations to extend the lifespan of your thermal insulation and ensure its correct operation in the long term.
Identify negative factors before installation
An important measure to extend the lifespan of any thermal insulation solution is first to identify the factors that may contribute to its degradation, even before its installation. Some of these are:
- Improper handling. It must be verified if the thermal insulation has been subjected to impacts, falls, or crushing during transport or handling. This could affect its structure or shape, reducing its insulation efficiency during installation.
- Incorrect storage. If the material is not stored correctly, it may suffer damage that affects its thermal insulation capacity and, consequently, its effectiveness in the industrial process. It is necessary to store it without exposure to moisture or rain. Also, it is essential to ensure that it has not been deformed and does not come into contact with any object that could tear or damage it.
- Poor installation. As in any product installation, verifying that the thermal insulation has been correctly installed is crucial, with no gaps that could allow heat to leak. Likewise, it is necessary to ensure that all joints and connections are properly sealed.
To help minimize the risks when choosing and installing an insulation solution, read our article "Key Factors Influencing the Choice of High Temperature Insulation Products."
Consider the variables that may cause damage during any industrial process
Once damage to the thermal insulation has been prevented before its installation, it is essential to consider other conditions that may affect its lifespan beyond that point. These are some of the most common:
- Environmental conditions. Environmental conditions such as humidity and corrosion can affect the efficiency of thermal insulation and accelerate its deterioration.
- Incorrect insulation application. Thermal insulation materials are designed to withstand high temperatures, but their properties can be affected by exposure to extreme temperatures. Overexposure to high temperatures can cause thermal shock, cracking, or rupturing in thermal insulation materials.
- Exposure to chemicals or reducing atmospheres. Material may be exposed to chemicals during installation or operation. Some of them can corrode or degrade the material, reducing its effectiveness.
- Mechanical stress. Thermal insulation materials may be subject to mechanical stress during installation, such as bending or twisting. Mechanical stress can, too, cause cracking or breaking.
It is imperative to use high-quality materials and proper installation methods to ensure long-term performance and to prevent heat leakage.