Protective Jackets for Insulation Equipment

A proposed ASTM International standard aims to help engineers who use water-resistant protective jackets to encase thermal insulation. The organization’s thermal insulation committee (C16) is developing the standard. 

“These types of protective jackets are installed over pipe, duct, and equipment insulation in both industrial and commercial applications,” says ASTM International member Gordon Hart, a consulting engineer at Artek Engineering. “Some of these jackets are designed for outdoor use, some for indoor use, and some for buried insulated pipes.  In addition, while these types of jackets can be used for warm to hot service, there is a category with a very low water vapor permeance that can be used for cold applications including cryogenic service.”

Hart notes that there are manufacturers of this category of protective jackets throughout the world, creating a need for the proposed standard (WK72017).

ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member of ASTM. The next meeting of the thermal insulation committee is March 29 - April 1 in Boston (Massachusetts, USA).

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