TFP's new Supacool variant is a lightweight microfine glass spacer tissue co-wound with aluminium foil.
TFP's new Supacool variant is a lightweight microfine glass spacer tissue co-wound with aluminium foil.

Technical Fibre Products has launched a new variant of its Supacool range of lightweight cryogenic tissues.

The company has also received certification of the materials to key industry standards.

TFP's new Supacool variant is a lightweight microfine glass spacer tissue co-wound with aluminium foil. The material is the first co-wound Supacool product developed by TFP and forms the basis of multi-layer insulation (MLI) or super insulation which can be inserted, for example, between the inner and outer walls of a cryogenic vessel.

This new hybrid Supacool variant (58111A) has been developed specifically to reduce wrapping time whilst improving thermal performance. Advantages to using the new material include alignment of the spacer tissue with the reflective layers, reduced thermal shorting due to the combination of alternating reflective foil and low conductivity spacer layers in a single product and minimal outgassing in a vacuum due to the absence of adhesive or binder.

The new Supacool material has, along with Supacool M, successfully achieved certification to key industry standards which validate its suitability for production of liquid oxygen vessels. The standards achieved are the Impact Test in Liquid Oxygen according to EN 1797 and the Autogenous Ignition Test with Oxygen according to NF EN ISO 11114-3 standard, demonstrating proven performance in combination with the time saving advantages of a co-wound product.

Typical applications for TFP's materials include aiding fabrication and delivering a high quality, functional surface finish in composites, as well as providing solutions for fire protection, high temperature thermal insulation and power generation.

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