Insulating materials developed for the aerospace industry may soon gain broader acceptance in the chemical process industries (CPI), thanks in part to a Materials Technology Institute (MTI) project. CPI companies are beginning to consider the use of lightweight, highly porous, ceramic fiber insulations to replace firebrick and refractories in high-temperature, high-pressure applications. However, a lack of experimental data and predictive models, especially in high-pressure environments, has limited their use in chemical plants.
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