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Abstract: The authors prepared silica aerogel/polyurethane composites by two different methods for the comparison of the two methods. The objective was to study the thermal insulation and hydrophobic properties of the composites to evaluate their potential for use as fabric membranes. It was found that the composites are better thermal insulators than polyurethane alone, and that they also have improved hydrophobic properties. It was also determined that the thermal conductivities for the composites were different depending on the method that was used to produce them.

Reference: Journal of Polymer Research, 21, 338 (2014)

DOI: 10.1007/s10965-013-0338-7