Rigid polyurethane foam distributed by Crossroads C&I has been used for the insulation and protection of pipes for more than 30 years. It is now more widely used than ever, increasingly displacing alternative materials. One of the most popular areas of use is for district heating systems, where it is the insulant of first choice for many specifiers. Other common uses are in:
- On and offshore oil and gas pipelines
- Heating and plumbing services for power stations, chemical plants and refineries
- Dairy industry applications
- District cooling systems
- Special applications i.e. swimming pool pipelines
Polyurethane foam's popularity is based on its outstanding insulation properties, which prevent heat loss, or alternatively maintain temperatures in cold environments to prevent freezing or cracking. These energy conservation qualities improve the overall cost efficiency of customers' networks.Other important characteristics include high mechanical strength, adhesion, flexibility and good flow-ability, necessary for the consistent fill and insulation of pipe sections.
It is a material with a proven track record for reliability, durability and efficiency. Versatility is demonstrated by the ability to insulate over an extremely wide range of temperatures, from the extreme cold of -196°C to the intense heat of more than 150°C.