Mechanical Properties of Insulating Plastic Foams at Low Temperatures

  • R. M. McClintock
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 4)


Expanded plastics have found considerable use as cryogenic insulation in applications where only moderate thermal efficiency is required, especially where it is convenient for the insulation to be self-supporting or to provide support to other structures. The thermal gradient in which they see service, however, induces thermal stresses which can be great enough to cause failure of the insulation structure if the design does not allow for the effects of the characteristically high thermal contraction and relatively low tensile strength of these materials.


Polystyrene Foam Plastic Cell Wall Epoxy Foam Expanded Plastic Rigid Epoxy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1960

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. M. McClintock
    • 1
  1. 1.CEL National Bureau of StandardsBoulderUSA

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