There are many good reasons why we need heat resistant materials, both in our own homes and certainly in industries that require a high level of heat for their production or manufacturing processes. We can find heat resistant materials and products everywhere. They are on the inside of the ovens in our kitchens and in many manufacturing plants and facilities. They help to protect us at home and at work from the damage that can be created by very high heat. They also protect wires, cables and even refrigeration lines that can be exposed to off-gassing hazards or become overheated and create more serious problems.
Below you will find some examples of the four main types of heat resistant materials that you might find in homes and commercial enterprises. Each type often comes in variety of shapes and sizes for the particular industrial and commercial applications for which they were designed. The main difference between heat resistant products and the way to measure their effectiveness is usually by their ability to provide radiant heat protection and high temperature insulation.
The four main types of heat resistant materials are:
- heat resistant tapes
- heat resistant sealants
- fire blankets
- fire sleeves
Here as well, is how they work to help protect people and property from dangerously high temperatures and heat.
1. Heat Resistant Tapes
This type of heat resistant material is used to protect products, usually in manufacturing, from high pressure and high temperatures. They can tolerate very high temperatures, up to 1650° Celsius. Heat resistant tapes have low shrinking characteristics and low coefficient of expansion. This allows them to provide greater resistance to salt water, chlorine, and perspiration than normal tapes. It also lets them work through wash and dry cycles.
Heat resistant tapes can often be found in high temperature sublimation and heat press processes. In some cases, these tapes have a heavy coating of iron oxide and red silicon rubber that are designed for specific manufacturing processes. These tapes are available in a wide range of sizes including width, length, thickness, and color to support many different applications and industrial uses.
2. Heat Resistant Sealants
Like all sealants, heat resistant sealants are utilized to close gaps between solid sections of a machine. That allows for better resistance to high temperature and increased pressure. Heat resistant sealants come in both liquid foam and cement formulations. The liquid foam heat resistant sealant is often used to seal machined connections and threading. They all for close tolerance to sealing. Cement sealants are usually used to cover rough surfaces like a plant floor in a manufacturing facility. These types of heat resistant product are capable of resisting resist temperatures between 315°F and 1500°F (157°C to 816°C).
Heat resistant sealants are popular because they can work to cure a seal fast and efficiently within a very short period of time. You might find them in companies like precise industrial works because they have a low shrinkage and are expansion coefficient. Heat resistant sealants can also be used to resist chemicals and acids can significantly reduce vibration and shock damage in places like a hydro generating station. They can also be found in many other industries like oil, steel, and automotive due to their capacity for precision and strength. Heat resistant sealants can also be used to repair leaks in refrigeration lines, compressors and boilers.
Heat resistant firesleeves work to keep heat out through silicon coated fiberglass sleeves that can work like an insulated sheet. This type of heat resistant product is often seen in industrial and aerospace applications. They offer resistance to water, oil, flame, and adhesives and are capable of resisting temperature up to 540°Celsius.
Heat resistant firesleeves are available in a range of sizes in order to protect cables, wires, hydraulic and industrial hoses. Companies like them because they are inexpensive and effective. As a result, you will find heat resistant firesleeves being used by a variety of industries as a way to protect their facilities and their people.
4. Fire Blankets
The final category of heat resistant products is one called fire blankets. Most people have seen a fire blanket before and they are one of the most popular heat resistant products available. Fire blankets come in various sizes including large ones for industrial use and smaller, more compact fire blankets for use in the home.
Fire blankets are sheets of fire resistant material that has been woven together to make a blanket. They work by having them thrown on top of a flame to extinguish the fire. This reduces the available oxygen and puts out the fire. In manufacturing plants and laboratories, the fire blankets are larger and made from wool that has been coated with a flame retardant fluid.