PT Aspen Indo Aeroteknika

Aerogel Insulation Installs Faster and Saves Costs on Large Vessel

Thinner aerogel is easier to store, handle, and install than cellular glass - with equal thermal performance
  • Replace specified cellular glass insulation with Aspen Aerogels insulation on one complete vessel including heads.
  • Vessel was 20 ft (6.1 m) long and 12 ft (3.7 m) wide.
  • Work was executed outdoors on an elevated equipment platform within a chemical facility.
  • Weather conditions were overcast with intermittent light rain.
  • A single 0.24 in (6 mm) layer of Pyrogel® 6350 was used instead of the specified 1.5 in (38 mm) thick cellular glass.
  • Large sections of Pyrogel 6350 blanket were wrapped completely around the vessel, instead of small cellular glass blocks.
  • The installation required only a tape measure, box cutter knife, and straight edge.
  • The vessel was insulated with Pyrogel 6350 in one third as much time as cellular glass.
  • Because installing aerogel blankets doesn´t require access to the entire vessel, scaffolding costs were reduced 25%-50%.
  • Installers did not need any shop equipment; all aerogel sections were cut from a roll on the vessel platform.
  • Pyrogel 6350´s compact roll reduced shipping, handling, waste, and storage costs compared to boxes of cellular glass.
  • Rain did not halt work, since aerogel insulation is hydrophobic and did not have to be covered.
Product Used

Pyrogel® 6350

Product OverviewDownload PDF
How the Vessel Was Insulated
1 Less than one roll of Pyrogel 6350 was needed to insulate the entire vessel. All work was done on the vessel platform.
2 The material was cut to the outside circumference of the vessel and wrapped around in one complete blanket.
3 The material was secured at the bottom only with the adhesive insulation pins.
4 For the vessel heads, the material was cut into pie sections and attached with adhesive insulation pins at each end.
5 After the large pie sections were installed, smaller sections were made to accommodate the ends.
6 Completed insulated vessel with Pyrogel 6350 aerogel thermal insulation.