Kingspan Insulation (Kingspan) manufactures high-performance structural Polyisocyanurate (ISO-CF®, an advanced polyurethane) as well as Expanded Polystyrene (Kingspan EPS) rigid foams in varied densities for use in composite applications - - particularly sandwich composites and composite insulation board! Kingspan has a demonstrated composite substrate material to meet each of the top ten priorities of composite engineers:
- Thermal and dimensional stability
- Thermal efficiency
- Temperature range diversity
- Fabrication flexibility (size, dimension, shape, tolerance)
- High volume capacity
- Substrate material and adhesive compatibilities
- Excellent water/moisture resistance
- Cost efficiency
ISO-CF and Kingspan EPS as foam cores can achieve high bending strength-to-weight ratios and resistance to deformation (axial/flexural/torsional) when combined with laminate substrates such as carbon, metal, fiber/glass, or poly(carbonate/vinyl/ethylene/etc.).
ISO-CF and ISO-CF/HT are quite unique since, as closed-cell thermoset rigid foam cores, they offer performance effective from at cryogenic temperatures up through 350°F (177°C) - - while offering impressive thermal insulation characteristics not available in alternative structural foam cores. Kingspan's ISO-CF densities range from 2 to 6 lb/ft3, (32–96 kg/m3) and are available with:
- sheets, blocks, or fabricated shapes typically much larger and diverse than alternatives
- precise dimensional tolerance.
Kingspan EPS has closed cells, no voids, and is light-weight - - a resilient structural rigid foam providing a host of distinctive properties. No other product within this cost structure provides the strength-to-weight ratios, thermal efficiency, temperature compatibility, dimensional stability, and resistance to water, moisture, shrinkage, rot, insects, and mildew. Kingspan EPS is manufactured across densities from 1-2 lb/ft3 (16-32 kg/m3) .
Kingspan has over fifty years of R&D and advanced manufacturing experience with PIR and EPS foam cores - - with unmatched quality protocols enabling customization and application resiliency. Product physical properties are independently verified, and our quality processes audited. Our high production capacities, on-hand inventories, and JIT deliveries generate advantages for end-users while lowering per-unit costs.
A wide range of core densities, strengths and flexible dimensions are available for both ISO-CF and EPS foam core products. Additionally, down-stream cutting and fabrication capabilities utilizing CAD and CNC equipment that can achieve unmatched flexibility in producing sheets, tapers, routed edges, or virtually any shape - - without voids. Extremely tight dimensional tolerances can be maintained to meet the most demanding composite engineering specifications.