Polyurethane Foam as a Thermal Insulation : A Critical Examination

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TypeArticle
Journal titleBuilding Research Note
ISSN0701-5232
Volume124
Pages6
Subjectpolyurethane; foam (state); expanded plastics; thermal insulating materials; applicatiion; Cellular plastics (plastic foam); Foam
AbstractUrethane or polyurethane foam is the second most widely used rigid plastic in the construction industry. One of its unique properties -- its high strength to weight ratio -- makes it the strongest of all the common foam plastics. It comes in a variety of forms: rigid or flexible, low or high density, open or closed celled. It is normally used in a rigid closed celled form for building insulation. Both factory-made board stock and spray-on types are being used more extensively as insulations in building construction. Urethane foam is an effective material but there are limitations that must be understood if it is to perform effectively. This Note has been prepared in an attempt to aid that understanding.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français: La mousse de polyuré thane, un isolant thermique: Etude critique
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IdentifierBRN-124
NRC number1856
NPARC number20377171
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Record created2012-07-24
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