Aerogel is one of the most effective types of insulation on earth. This exceptionally lightweight, porous, and low density material can be found in applications ranging from commercial products to Mars Rovers. It is a highly effective thermal insulator – but it is also extremely sensitive.
Insulon® Technology is effective at a wider range of temperatures than silica and polymer cross-linked aerogels.
Insulon can provide a more mechanically robust alternative to customers looking for ultra thin, high performance insulation.
Insulon is super rugged, durable, long lasting, and reliable.
Broader Operating Temperature Range
Maximum operating temperatures for aerogel can vary. Silica aerogels and composite pyrogels operate until about 650°C. Airloys have maximum operating temperatures of about 300°C.
Insulon has a much wider operating temperature range. Insulon is effective in extreme thermal environments up to 1000°C – or even hotter, depending on material selection. Most Insulon parts are made from stainless steel, Inconel, titanium, or other alloys, depending on the thermal needs of the application.
Higher Material Strength
Silica aerogels are very brittle, have low fracture toughness, and can break easily. Although some more robust x-aerogels exist, they have more limited operating temperatures than their silica counterparts.
Insulon is made from stronger, more durable materials. Insulon’s rigid metal design can withstand high pressure environments, vibration, and other physical stresses and strains. Standard Insulon materials include stainless steel, Inconel, titanium, and other alloys. Insulon parts are rugged, long-lasting, and built to withstand the most challenging thermal environments.
Ultra Thin, Low Profile
Like aerogel technology, Insulon has an extremely low profile compared to other types of insulation. Insulon can drastically reduce heat transfer in just millimeters of design space — or less. For example, Insulon Sheaths for Hypodermic Needles have less than 0.5 millimeters in overall wall thickness.
Available geometries include straight and bent rigid tubes, flexible tubes, as well as cans and flasks. Length, diameter, and other variables are selected according to the needs of individual applications. While overall wall thickness may be adjusted, all Insulon parts have exceptionally thin walls (in the order of millimeters).
Super High Performance
Insulon parts are custom-designed to provide optimal thermal performance for individual applications. Performance can be carefully adjusted using various parameters such as material selection, length, diameter, and wall thickness. Insulon parts are able to deliver hundreds of degrees of temperature difference at both transient and steady states.