Also known as an aluminum silicate fiber blanket, a ceramic fiber blanket is a type of insulation refractory material. In other words, it’s a non-metallic material that can withstand high temperatures. It has a high strength, light-weight binder, and also performs well as an insulator. It’s effective in reducing the weight of high temperature factory equipment. It also reduces heating times, and saves energy.
Ceramic fiber blankets are composed of aluminum silicate and traces of additional auxiliary materials. During the production process, the ceramic fiber is developed using two methods: spun needle blankets, and blown needle blankets. Blankets created using the double-side needle process are of higher quality than others.
Ceramic fiber blanket have low thermal conductivity, which means they don’t conduct heat very well (remember, it’s non-metallic). However, it has excellent insulation properties, making it an effective way to use energy more optimally. It’s light in weight, and also thermal shock resistant.
This material is uniform in diameter, has great tensile strength, and created with long fibers, which improve its performance. It also holds up reliably well in different environments, such as dry or humid surroundings. It helps that the material doesn’t rust.
Ceramic fiber blankets are typically white in color. Cutting and installing the material is relatively simple. Ceramic fiber blankets are white, and typically come in rolls that can be cut as needed. It is an easy material to cut and install. The properties of the blanket aren’t affected by oil. It doesn’t work as well when it’s wet, but after drying, it goes back to its original strength and effectiveness.
Because of the many advantages of this material, ceramic fiber blankets have many applications across different industries, from food production to automotive, and everywhere in between. It can serve as the lining for high temperature reaction equipment in the chemical industry, as lining for industrial furnaces, as thermal insulation for high-rise building, or as high temperature filler material. Because of its heat resistance and insulation properties, ceramic fiber can also be found in other forms. These include ceramic fiber rope, boards, and paper.