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Full inorganic load bearing insulator

Country of Origin: Germany
Reference Number: TODE20160630003
Publication Date: 30 June 2016

Summary

A German university together with a research centre developed a high performance light weight thermal-insulator material that has robust compressive load and flame retardant properties. The university and the research centre offer a license agreement and are open for technical co-operation. Companies and institutes from the construction or automotive sector are addressed.

Description

A German university in cooperation with a research centre invented a material that exhibits extraordinary heat-insulating and load-carrying properties. It combines the benefits of conventional inorganic building material like compressive strength and the ability to be poured into all kind of durable moulds with the advantage of being heat-insulating. The latter makes it perfect with regards to energy saving aspects. 

The designated properties are dependent on the ratio of matrix-to insulation-material. Its very low weight combined with compression strength and flame-retardant properties make it a potential construction material even for applications with high demands. The superlight and super insulating material could also be used in cars, trains and any other kind of vehicles. Even aerospace applications are imaginable.

By its heat resistance, the material enables the passive insulation of load bearing areas in buildings as well as passive insulation in areas where high temperatures occur like exhaust systems or furnaces. In addition, the material insulates not only thermally but also acoustically. Highly efficient heat pumps, new kinds of filters for clean air inside cars, trains and airplanes are just some examples of potential applications.
The university and the research centre offer a license agreement and are open for technical co-operation to adjust the material to a given application.

Advantages and Innovations

The material has a number of advantages over conventioal materials:
- New mouldable inorganic thermal-insulating material
- Thermal conductivities between 0.08 W/(mk) and 0.26 W/(mk)
- Compressive strength between 1.5 MP and 26 MP
- Extremely light weight densities between 490 kg/m3 and 1350 kg/m3
- Flame-retardant more than 2000 C
- Hydrophobic porous surface
- For application with high demands like high load and great need for effective insulation

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Requested partner

The university and the research centre offer a license agreement and are open for technical co-operation. Companies/institutes from the construction or automotive sector are addressed. Other sectors that could fit to this offer are process engineering, aerospace, environmental engineering, energy technology or smart materials.
Within a technical co-operation specific areas of application could be targeted with the new material.

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