Polymide aerogel combines toughness with light weight

Blueshift has developed a polymide aerogel
Claimed to be the first commercially available polyimide aerogel, AeroZero combines the physical and toughness properties of plastic films with the insulation properties of aerogels, says Blueshift International Materials.

It creates a strong yet lightweight, thin, clean and flexible insulator for applications in a range of industries, including aerospace, oil and gas, RF-radar, automotive and building materials.

The 100% polyimide polymer construction eliminates dusting and the requirement for dangerous handling protocols, making it clean and safe. It can withstand extreme high temperatures as well as cryogenic temperatures, providing aerogel-level thermal conductivity and excellent acoustic insulation. The company claims its insulating characteristics are second only to vacuums, and density is approximately 85% lower than traditional polyimides.

It is provided in rolls up to 3ft wide and in varying lengths, and is available in thicknesses of five, 10 and and fibre-reinforces 10mil. Stock shapes are available in geometries up to 12 x 12 x 2inch thick.

Caroline Hayes

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