Measuring the Thermal Conductivity of Thermal Barrier Coatings and Insulation Materials for Building Thermal Management 

Presented by Arya Hakimian

Insulative paints applied as thermal barrier coatings in buildings are being developed as a novel way to improve thermal management of the building envelope. These paints help improve overall efficiency by reducing heat lose to the surrounding environment. These paints act in a similar way to traditional insulation, but benefit from being able to be applied as a coating on various material surfaces at a relatively thin formfactor. To obtain the desired insulative performance, low thermal conductivity fillers such as aerogels nanoparticles can be incorporated into the paint. While a holistic approach to material characterization is important, thermal conductivity is viewed as a critical performance metric.

This webinar will highlight characterization of these insulative paints as well as a range of traditional insulations materials with a spotlight on thermal performance. An overview of test methods and important testing considerations will be discussed. C-Therm’s Trident platform with a focus on the Modified Transient Plane Source (MTPS) method will be highlighted as a means of accelerated thermal conductivity testing. 

This webinar aired on May 25, 2023 @ 2:00PM GMT-4.

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