James Fesmire to present NASA webinar on use of layered thermal insulation systems

Update: The webinar will be available for free from Tech Briefs Media Group for one year from August 26, 2015.

CSA President James Fesmire, senior principal investigator at the NASA Kennedy Cryogenics Test Laboratory, will present a webinar this Wednesday, August 26, at 2:00 pm ET on the benefits of using layered thermal insulation systems in industrial and commercial applications. It is free and open to the public. This NASA webinar will

  • provide basic understanding of heat flow through layered type thermal insulation systems.
  • explain three primary performance ranges and their environments: high vacuum, soft vacuum and no vacuum.
  • briefly describe three layered type systems: multilayer insulation (MLI), layered composite insulation (LCI) and layered composite extreme (LCX).
  • discuss LCX design, thermal properties and mechanical performance.
  • discuss LCX installation practices and examples of field applications.

The new Layered Composite Insulation for Extreme Environments, or LCX, technology provides a unique combination of thermal, mechanical and weathering performance capability that is both cost-effective and enabling. In addition to the proven areas in cold work applications for piping and tanks, the LCX technology also has the potential for broader industrial and commercial use.

Industrial applications include liquid nitrogen systems for food processing, liquefied natural gas (LNG) systems for transportation or power, and chilled water cooling facilities.

Commercial applications include commercial/residential building construction, hot water piping, HVAC systems, refrigerated trucks, cold chain shipping containers and various consumer products. The LCX system is highly tailorable to the end-use application and can be pre-fabricated or field assembled as needed. Product forms of LCX include rigid sheets, semi-flexible sheets, removable covers and flexible strips for wrapping.

Presenter Fesmire is lead researcher and founder of the Cryogenics Test Laboratory, and his expertise in thermal energy efficiency, materials research and cryogenic systems design has supported multiple NASA and industry programs. He is a well-published author and inventor for multiple patents in thermal insulation materials and systems. His awards include the R&D 100 for research work in flexible aerogels.

Registration for the webinar is available at https://event.webcasts.com/starthere.jsp?ei=1071272. It is sponsored by Tech Briefs Media Group.