Project: Metrology for thermal protection materials

Recent advances in thermal protection include the development of polymers, aerogels and fibrous based composite systems. These new materials are thinner, lighter and stronger, and provide a thermal performance several times better, than conventional insulation materials. However, it is difficult to evaluate their performance. Measurements of thermal conductivity can produce scatter of over 100 % for these new types of material. This leads to a lack of confidence and investment from manufacturers, an inability to demonstrate performance for certification and means that industry has to use costly full-scale testing during the development of aerospace components, fire safety systems and process plants, for example. This project will establish a framework for measurements of thermal conductivity in order to improve industrial measurement techniques up to 800 °C. This will enable designers of fire engineering and transportation safety systems to select the best performing thermal protection materials, helping to reduce the rate of industrial disasters and, ultimately, to save lives.

Acronym SIB52 Thermo (Reference Number: SIB52)
Duration 01/06/2013 - 31/05/2016
Project Topic Metrology
Project Results
(after finalisation)
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Network EMRP
Call EMRP Call 2012 - Industry, SI Broader Scope and Open Excellence

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
1 NPL Management Limited Coordinator United Kingdom
2 Cesky Metrologicky Institut Partner Czech Republic
3 Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais Partner France
4 Magyar Kereskedelmi Engedelyezesi Hivatal Partner Hungary
5 Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt Partner Germany