Elastopor®: Intelligent sandwich technology for efficient insulation, cooling, storage and transportion
Sandwich insulation panels made of Elastopor® and Elastopir® insulation core feature the best-possible combination of thermal performance with outstanding mechanical and physical properties. This is good news for manufacturers and consumers and an active contribution to climate protection. Sandwiched between diffusion-tight facings, Elastopor® and Elastopir® serve as the core material of insulation boards used used for wall, floor and ceiling elements. Elastopir® has been developed primarily for fire protection applications.
Elastopor® systems with flexible facings of aluminum or mineral vlies are used as insulation boards on flat and pitched roofs and in floors. Owing to their particularly good mechanical properties, they are also suitable for areas exposed to high compressive forces and weights such as on parking decks and greened roofs.
Thanks to their high loading capacity, sandwich elements with metal facings are ideal for the construction of cold stores, warehouses and industrial buildings. They provide optimal and full-surface thermal insulation free of thermal bridges. A core of Elastopor rigid foam also makes the sandwich elements ideal construction materials for facades and roofs in all kind of industrial buildings.
In all areas where efficient and dependable cold chains and resource-conserving construction really count, the polyurethane core materials Elastopor® and Elastopir® reveal their peerless advantages. Thanks to their exceptionally low thermal conductivity, they appreciably reduce energy input and emissions as insulation for cold stores and cool rooms.
The transport of chilled and deep-frozen goods calls for a dependable and high-performance technology. Sandwich panels with a PU core permit excellent mechanical stability and outstanding thermal insulation, completely devoid of thermal bridges. For refrigerated vehicles and containers and for other transport vessels, they help to save energy and ensure a continuous cold chain.
For air conditioning and ventilation systems, Elastopor® meets the highest standards of hygiene and is insensitive to moisture. A sandwich panel with PU as its core material has an extremely low thermal conductivity – the heat loss via the housing wall is minimal.
With only two materials, you can wrap up the problem of perfectly insulated doors for good.
Roller doors have to be rugged, resist burglary and show long-term durability as well as high thermal insulation. This is why they are insulated nowadays with rigid polyurethane foams. The hot-dip galvanized, double-walled slats achieve results unsurpassed by any other material in terms of strength, noise protection, smooth operation and outstanding thermal insulation.
Garage doors: Thanks to professional thermal insulation with Elastopor® foam in the door, the garage becomes a thermal buffer for the entire house. A further improvement of up to 15 % is achieved by installing a thermal frame that separates the frame from the building structure and ensures additional draft-freedom.
Sectional doors: Modern, vertically opening sectional doors also have a thermally insulating inner layer of PU. This ensures higher strength and effective protection from burglary.
Industrial doors: Well-heated industrial buildings need efficiently insulated doors so that the warmth stays at the workplace and energy loss does not send costs spiraling. Slats reinforced with Elastopor® deliver extra security and take up less space than conventional roller doors.
Many components are crucial for superlative quality in the production of polyurethane sandwich elements. Along with our precision-tuned PU systems BASF also offers solutions in state-of-the art process technologies. The patented rake technology of BASF makes the production of high-grade PU and PIR sandwich panels more stable and more cost-effective. With its modular design, the patented rake replaces conventional laydown devices and can be adapted precisely to the construction panel being produced.
With the rotating disc, another patented technology of BASF, the foam can be applied more evenly on the surface material, thus ensuring a better quality of the final element. The rotating disc can be used for continuously produced sandwich panels and for honeycomb or lightweight sandwich panels.
Elastopor® is able to flow through and adhere to complex shapes and surfaces which provides a freedom of design as well as complete insulation, even in unconventional designs. Elastopor® systems are available in densities ranging from 2 pcf to 25 pcf.
Elastopor® systems are a significant component of composite (multi-layer) construction elements such as Insulated Metal Panels, Structural Insulated Panels, or other sandwich panels.
Elastopor® insulation elements with flexible facers (e.g. aluminium, paper) are used in residential construction for sloping, flat-roof and floor insulation as its excellent mechanical properties enable it to also be used in areas subject to weight and force.
Polyurethane rigid foam blocks can also be produced as slabstock or processed into shaped components like wedges and florist's foam. Foam can also be molded to a wide range of shapes and sizes and can be painted or laminated.
Its resistance to high temperatures, durability, good insulating properties and simple processing methods makes it feasible to be applied in pipe insulation for long distance pipelines for oil and gas transportation. It can be processed using continuous and discontinuous production methods and are formulated for both rigid and flexible piping. Special flame-proof Elastopor® grades are used in the production of insulated pipes for use in the chemical industry.
Elastopor® products are also used in the insulation of refrigerators and freezers. In the early 1990’s BASF patented and launched cyclopentane on the market as an environmental blowing agent for these applications. This foaming technology is now established throughout the world. The latest polyol grades for Elastopor® now achieve the highest insulating quality and productivity.
Elastopor® polyurethane rigid foam systems are also used to insulate food displays, reach-in commercial refrigerators, picnic coolers, and water heaters.
Elastopor® is also the insulating core in panels used to produce containers, refrigerated trucks, and walk-in coolers. Elastopor® H is the preferred polyurethane rigid foam system for the production of storage heater insulation. These special formulas make it possible to perform direct foaming in metal jackets or foam moulding for in situ production of elements for retro insulation of hot water tanks at the construction site.
Industrial Building with Elastopor®; Romakowski GmbH
The applications are as manifold as its product properties: Explore the various application possibilities of Elastopor®!