Aerogels products have demonstrated numerous performance advantages in aerospace applications including:
- Significantly enhanced acoustic performance
- Thermal signature reduction for hot engine components and aircraft skins
- Lightweight thermal insulation for exhaust, ducting, and nacelle applications
- Fire protection
This combination of key performance characteristics results in unmatched performance, reduced weight, and significant systems level cost savings for a variety of aerospace and military applications including:
- Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing Aircraft Thermal, Acoustic, IR & Fire Protection
- Oil Reservoir
- Thermal/Acoustic HVAC ducting
- Thrust Reverser
- Bleed Air Ducts
Our Pyrogel series of materials are currently in service on commercial, military and business and private aircraft.
Aerogels insulation help Light Vehicle Manufacturers keep up the pace.
As light vehicle manufacturers strive to deliver the power, acceleration and cabin space that customers require, without significantly increasing the size of the engine or drive train, engine temperatures have continued to climb, raising the requirements for under hood, under carriage and cabin heat shielding and thermal management.
- Electronic Console Climatics
- Electronics Firewall
- Under Carpet Undercarriage
- Air Intake
- Battery Insulation
On some platforms, heat emitted by the engine is now in the range of 200-225°C, which is near or beyond the limit of existing materials used to shield or insulate under hood components from excessive thermal loads. Temperatures at this level, and surprisingly significantly below, can have an adverse impact on the operating performance and life of vital parts such as batteries, starters, electronic engine management controls and sensors and climatic system components. Spark plug boots must also be improved or shielded, and excess engine heat can also raise the temperature of intake air for combustion, lowering efficiency and power output.
The increased demand for power and cabin space have also conspired to place sophisticated cabin electronics at risk of thermal exposure through the firewall, and raised the temperature of catalytic converters and other exhaust components, which can be transmitted through the floor pan.
While some existing insulations such as glass filled foams, fibres and metals can tolerate these higher temperatures, they have a relatively low capacity for shielding and insulation, which means that in order to continue to provide effective thermal management, insulation thickness would need to be increased. Since additional insulation and shielding space in the areas that need it most is not available, an alternative means to provide effective heat shielding and insulation is needed.
Our thin, lightweight flexible aerogel blankets have between 2-4 times more thermal resistance than existing insulations, making them well suited for these purposes and enabling vehicle manufacturers to increase effective shielding and thermal insulation by a factor of between two and four, without giving up more valuable space to insulation.