The construction industry routinely experiences environments that demand excellent insulation performance in terms of high humidity or applications demanding high fire resistance. These environments often present complex shapes and limited and difficult to reach space for such insultion materials. Whilst many insulation materials are available commercially, few combine a wide range of high level performance with a low price based upon an excellent processability (spraying/injection).
The project aims to address the market gap of low-cost, fire-resistant, low-weight insulation materials coupled with excellent processability. It will develop a group of novel insulation materials which exhibit these desirable properties in industrial products by combining clay-nano-composites with supporting additives. The project will develop a suitable processing route for these clay-based insulation materials which minimises production cost by fully automating the spraying/injection production process. The project will develop and test first prototype applications.
It will develop a high-performance insulation material offering a combination of:
low thermal conductivity (comparable to aerogel materials)
excellent fire resistance
ease of processing (sprayable or injectable)
hydrophobicity (long term insulation stability in humid environments)