Thermal In­su­la­tion

Tem­per­at­ure un­der con­trol.

A 130 metre high boiler at a coal-fired power sta­tion is a sight to be­hold. Tower­ing over its sur­round­ings, it gives an idea of the scale of en­gin­eer­ing that goes into large in­dus­trial pro­jects. The Me­dupi power sta­tion in South Africa has six of these boil­ers. And it’s also the largest con­struc­tion pro­ject in the south­ern hemi­sphere. KAEFER was re­spons­ible for in­su­lat­ing the boil­ers as well as the pipes lead­ing to and from them.

We have the know-how, ex­per­i­ence and flex­ib­il­ity to take on com­plex, large-scale pro­jects like Me­dupi that need to be com­pleted within strict time­frames. By em­ploy­ing lean prin­ciples, we en­sure that everything is at the right time and at the right place. This al­lows us to be ex­tremely flex­ible when it comes to re­act­ing to chal­lenges quickly.

That spirit of in­nov­a­tion con­tin­ues to drive us today. We de­velop and pro­duce a range of pro­pri­et­ary products and sys­tems to en­sure that our in­su­la­tion solu­tions make the most of our tech­nical skills, spe­cial­ised know­ledge and un­der­stand­ing of every as­pect of how in­su­la­tion works. From re­finer­ies and power plants to food pro­cessing, LNG fa­cil­it­ies and the chem­ical in­dustry, we have the ex­pert­ise to help you achieve even the most am­bi­tious goals and make even the biggest and most com­plex pro­jects real­ity.

Thermal in­su­la­tion simply makes sense. It’s about keep­ing hot things hot and cold things cold, con­serving en­ergy in the pro­cess. And in times of in­creased en­vir­on­mental pres­sures and en­ergy costs, thermal in­su­la­tion is more im­port­ant than ever.

Our scope of work:

We carry out ther­mo­dy­namic cal­cu­la­tions and di­men­sion­ing with our own pro­grammes as well as ded­ic­ated fi­nite ele­ment meth­od­o­logy. Our ser­vices in­clude:

  • Static and dynamic load calculations
  • Dimensioning of insulation systems considering ecological and economic factors
  • Development of high-temperature and cryogenic insulation concepts
  • Planning and executing functional tests for complex insulation systems in our own laboratories
  • Designing insulation systems in 3D CAD programs
  • Qualifying materials and systems
KAEFER engineer working in 3D CAD program
Slofnaft plant in Slovakia

Area of Application for Thermal Insulation:

  • Refineries
  • Chemical industry
  • Food processing
  • Wood and paper industries
  • Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)
  • Natural gas storage tanks
  • Biomass plants
  • Environmental technology

Area of Application for Cold Insulation:

  • LNG and ethylene plants
  • Cryogenic storage
  • CO2 plants
  • Gas liquefaction plants
  • Piping
  • Vessels
  • Tanks
LNG facility Algecira, Spain