2.6 Industrial Systems

Conditions exist in industrial installations such as power plants, chemical plants, petroleum refineries, steel, pulp and paper mills, meat packing plants, food, soap, and cosmetic process plants, marine work, etc., which require that the insulation systems designer be involved in the project during the design phase. The following table provides an overview of some of the considerations in design and application for industrial systems. However, for detailed information on mechanical insulation for industrial systems, refer to the TIAC Best Practices Guide and Process Industry Practices resources referenced earlier.

Table 2.6.1 - Key Design Considerations for Industrial Applications

Parameter Description
Temperature Temperature parameters may be much more stringent and variable over time than with commercial systems.
Corrosion There may be risks of corrosive gases or process chemicals which may be factor.
Fire Fire hazards may be severe owing to the presence of volatile substances.
Personnel Safety It may be necessary for personnel to work in close proximity to mechanical insulation and therefore surface temperatures must be accurately known.
Sanitary Contamination The process industry may involve food, meat packing, soap, cosmetic, dairy or brewery processes.
Mechanical Abuse Abuse to insulations from excessive handling, foot traffic on vessel tops and lines, and the added movement of expansion, contraction and vibration.
Maintenance It may be necessary to remove insulation for maintenance.
Accessibility/ Clearance Critical clearance and space limitations coupled with the need for greater thickness of insulations.
Radiation There may be radiation hazards.
Scheduling for installation Complex construction and installation schedules.
Electrical properties Insulation may have to be grounded or non-conductive.