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February 5, 2013 - ASTM C1696, Guide for Industrial Thermal Insulation Systems, provides engineers with specific knowledge needed for development of industrial thermal insulation system within large engineering project. Developed by Subcommittee C16.40, standard covers insulation materials, systems design, application methods, protective coverings, guarantees, inspection, testing, and maintenance of thermal insulation in temperature range of -302to +1,200F.

New ASTM Standard Provides Engineers with Thermal Insulation System Knowledge

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Press release date: January 29, 2013

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.–A new ASTM International standard will provide engineers with specific knowledge needed for the development of an industrial thermal insulation system within a large engineering project.

ASTM C1696, Guide for Industrial Thermal Insulation Systems, was developed by Subcommittee C16.40 on Insulation Systems, part of ASTM International Committee C16 on Thermal Insulation. According to Dean Cox, a C16 member, the standard was created with recent engineering graduates in mind.

“When a student graduates from a major university with an engineering degree, they have no experience with thermal insulation,” says Cox, technical support manager, Industrial Insulation Group. “ASTM C1696 is the basic foundation for that engineer to develop a plant or project specification.” While new engineers will benefit from the practical guidelines provided by C1696, it will be useful to all design engineers, general contractors, fabricators and insulations contractors.

ASTM C1696 covers insulation materials, systems design, application methods, protective coverings, guarantees, inspection, testing and maintenance of thermal insulation primarily for industrial applications in a temperature range of -302 - 1200F (-195.5 -648.8C). The new standard also provides guidelines for industrial thermal insulation systems as well as indicates the basic principles by which new materials can be assessed and adapted for use under differing conditions.

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ASTM Committee C16 Next Meeting: April 14-17, 2013, April Committee Week, Indianapolis, Ind.

Technical Contact: Dean Cox, Industrial Insulation Group, Conroe, Texas, Phone: 936-231-2583;

ASTM Staff Contact: Rick Lake, Phone: 610-832-9689;
ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603;
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