Owens Corning spotlights FOAMGLAS® industrial innovations supporting safety, performance and sustainability at Gastech 2022

Source: press release, 5 September 2022

FOAMGLAS® insulation is non-combustible, non-absorbent, impermeable, and has high compressive strength
FOAMGLAS® insulation is non-combustible, non-absorbent, impermeable, and has high compressive strength (photo: Owens Corning)

Owens Corning is spotlighting insulating strategies designed for the energy storage and piping sector during the 50th Gastech conference, September 5-8 in Milan, Italy. The global gathering of LNG, hydrogen and low-carbon solutions stakeholders takes place at a time when energy markets are experiencing historic levels of volatility affecting supply and pricing, and companies around the globe are striving to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Today’s energy landscape highlights not only the importance of safe, efficient and sustainable energy storage and transport, but the need for information to support design decisions regarding LNG terminals, piping and storage vessels.

Visitors to the Owens Corning exhibit stand 13I15 at Gastech will discover a range of innovations aimed at supporting safe, high-performing piping and storage systems.

Following is a preview of the Owens Corning Gastech experience:

Considering thermal performance, load-bearing ability and moisture resistance
As a “workhorse” insulating material for industrial applications, cellular glass insulation performs across a broad range of temperatures, provides load-bearing capabilities and resists liquid or vapour moisture intrusion.

Delivering long-lasting thermal performance for liquid gas piping and equipment operating at cold or cryogenic temperatures, Owens Corning® FOAMGLAS® insulation is a preferred insulation for facilities and pipes that store or transport LNG, ethylene, LPG, LOx, nitrogen, ammonia, CO2 and other energy sources. The material is also well suited for insulating storage spheres operating at below ambient temperatures and to provide thermal protection in the roofs and walls of cryogenic tanks.

As compressive strength is essential in load-bearing industrial applications such as tank bases or load-bearing pipe supports, Owens Corning® FOAMGLAS® insulation delivers compressive strength up to 2400 kPa (348 lb/in2). Cellular glass is dimensionally stable across a range of temperatures and humidity levels, FOAMGLAS® insulation is trusted in industrial facilities around the globe for its ability to insulate without warping or buckling under stress.

Owens Corning® FOAMGLAS® insulation is made entirely of glass and does not support absorption of water or hydrocarbons. Resistant to both vapour and liquid moisture as well as organic solvents and most acids, it helps safeguard against corrosion, which threatens equipment’s performance and longevity. The inert nature of cellular glass also allows it to resist the degradation that other materials experience as they age.

Safeguarding life safety
As part of a passive approach to life safety, cellular glass is well-suited for insulating the industrial equipment and systems that process flammable hydrocarbons such as, NG, PG, LOx, ethylene, and others. Installed in the impounding basins of fire suppression systems around the globe, FOAMGLAS® insulation provides passive protection to reduce heat flux and flame height.

Sound solutions for industrial noise mitigation
Research conducted at Europe’s most renowned acoustical laboratories has informed new insulating options for mitigating acoustic noise. Extensive multi-material system testing found that combining the cryogenic properties of cellular glass with the acoustic properties of mineral wool reduced insulating costs by lowering levels of insulation needed to meet code compliance. Additional benefits of this approach include quicker installation, lower labour costs and less weight on the pipe.

Supporting the jobsite and the specifier
The ongoing labour shortage is inspiring more prefabricated approaches to support timely material installation, efficient shutdowns and reduced labour costs. Prefabricated cellular glass installed in industrial energy applications can also contribute to reduced use of adhesives and sealants and less onsite waste, helping support sustainability objectives.

As a global manufacturer with production facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, Owens Corning provides resources to support project specifications that reduce energy consumption, improve thermal performance and contribute to sustainability efforts. Some of the consultative services and resources provided by Owens Corning include on-demand educational content, thermal imaging surveys, testing services, installation guides and detailed drawings.

More information on industrial applications is available here.