New welding technology for thick insulation boards
BASF has developed a new technology for welding insulation boards. The contactless, thermal welding process makes it possible to combine different insulation boards like Styrodur®, Neopor®, Basotect® or SLENTEX®. The Styrodur® portfolio also includes new, especially thick boards made using this process.
Combinations of different insulation materials are possible
Together with a well-known machine manufacturer BASF has developed a new technology for welding insulation boards. The contactless, thermal welding process makes it possible to combine a variety of insulation materials. For example, Styrodur®, the extruded rigid polystyrene foam from BASF, can be combined with polyurethane, the inorganic aerogel SLENTEX®, or the melamine resin foam Basotect® to form completely new insulation material solutions. The silver grey Neopor® is also suitable.
Highly compression-proof Styrodur® boards (XPS) up to 240 mm
The Styrodur® portfolio also includes new, especially thick boards made using this process in the highly compression-proof varieties Styrodur®4000 CS and 5000 CS. The boards cover the thickness range from 60 mm to 240 mm with a consistently good insulation value (lambda: 0.035 W/(m·K)).
Advantages for the construction industry
Architects, planners, and craftsmen benefit from the new possibilities: the traditional advantages of the Styrodur® board, such as low water absorption and high compressive strength, can be combined with the desirable properties of other building products. BASF has already patented a range of applications and product combinations. On this basis, the company is seeking to develop and advance new applications in building insulation together with interested partners.
The compression-proof, water-repellent, and rot-proof Styrodur® has protected homes from heat, cold, and moisture for more than 50 years. The green XPS is characterised by its reliable product quality as well as the continuous efforts to gain approvals. Today, Styrodur® is the insulation material with the greatest number of officially approved uses in the German XPS market. Insulation with Styrodur® prolongs the lifespan of buildings, increases their value, and improves the living environment. The various Styrodur® types, which contain air as the cell gas, differ mainly in their compressive strength.
You can find more information on Styrodur® on the homepage (www.styrodur.com).