The Heat Flow Meter (HFM-25) for testing thermal resistance and thermal conductivity of insulation and construction materials. Offering the testing power of a full-size heat flow meter, optimized for small insulation samples and budget. The HFM-25 is controlled by the included HFM Software, offering automation of calibration, testing and results summary functions.
Following international standards, the HFM-25 is designed for testing both homogenous and heterogenous materials and complies with ASTM C518. The HFM-25 allows for smaller sample sizes which are representative of materials typically found in insulation and construction industries.
For small samples (min 50 x 50 mm), samples can easily be arranged for simple testing.
For larger samples (no maximum), samples can conveniently measured at a specific location.
Measurement of American Aerogel Blanket
In this experiment, the thermal conductivity of Spaceloft Subsea Aerogel insulation of 9.58 mm thick from Aspen Aerogels was measured with the Thermtest HFM-25. Aerogel is a lightweight solid derived from gel in which the liquid component has been replaced with air. This process creates a solid material with two interesting properties: an extremely low density and extremely low thermal conductivity of this solid. The temperature of the upper plate was 35°C and the lower plate was 15°C, obtaining an optimal temperature delta of 20 degrees.
Table 1: Results of the average thermal conductivity and thermal resistance of Subsea Spaceloft Aerogel sample.
|Measured Thermal Conductivity (W/m·K)||Expected Thermal Conductivity (W/m·K)|
Reference: Reference: aerogel.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Spaceloft-Subsea-Datasheet.pdf – Measured via ASTM C177. Sample measured by Thermtest using ASTM C518.