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Distinguishing the Two Types of High-Temperature Insulation
Distinguishing the Two Types of High-Temperature Insulation
September 12, 2018

Fluctuations in energy costs are inevitable but wasted heat energy is wasted money. Ensuring the best practices in high-temperature manufacturing requires very effective heat management. This is reflected in the growing demand for optimal solutions like refractory bricks or ceramic insulation across different industries involved that employ high-temperature applications like the petrochemical, refining or manufacturing sectors.


With high quality ceramic insulation and refractory bricks, your enterprise can ensure that heat management is not an obstacle for continued production.


In order to maximize production and safety, the best insulating system needs to take into account all possible concerns: insulation efficiency, rate of productivity, energy savings, health and safety, and return of investment. Here is a closer look at each of the two insulation options offered by FibreCast, a global leader in refractory and high temperature textiles.


Insulating Refractory Brick

Also known as insulating firebrick, refractory insulation bricks are the traditional option commonly used in a temperature range of 1,200-1,850°C.  Provides great performance in multiple factors such as refractory capacity, chemical inertness, resistance to corrosion, insulating capacity, and overall strength.


Refractory insulation bricks are machinable, so that any design or shape can be produced with the right tools. Unlike refractory ceramic insulation, more work is needed to customize firebricks due to the level of abrasion on the cutting tool.

Refractory Ceramic Fiber

Refractory ceramic insulation, or ceramic fiber, has been used since the 1950’s in industrial kilns as furnace lining. It provides excellent thermal and shock resistance, and since these refractory materials are made of compressed fiber they can be formed into specific shapes or dimensions. Bio-soluble alkaline earth silicate fibers also avoid major health and environmental concerns, allowing for safe handling and far less environmental impact.


FibreCast has over 20 years of leading experience in insulation and refractory materials, working with dozens of industries across Canada and the USA. Contact us today to learn more or to request a quote.

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