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3M Glass Bubbles in Cryogenics Application at Kennedy Space Center


Effective Replacement for Perlite

3M Glass Bubbles have demonstrated their effectiveness under a wide range of conditions as an alternative for conventional bulk powder (Perlite) insulating materials in cryogenic vessels, and can also have applications versus spray foam, multi-layer insulation or MLI, in transfer lines.

Using 3M Glass Bubbles can lower Life Cycle Costs - i.e. costs over the lifetime of the tank, such as costs of replacing insulating material, loss during thermal cycling, loss due to “boil-off”, environmental impact of disposal of alternative insulating materials, and less tank maintenance or premature replacement due to corrosion.

In conjunction with NASA, we have studied and generated field trial data that shows how tanks, as they age, lose their insulating properties, causing loss of product (called “boil off”).

3M Glass Bubbles can

  • Reduce boil off,
  • Reduce Tank corrosion,
  • Help reduce tank or trailer weight

To learn more contact our development team today.

 Liquified Hydrogen Tank, Kennedy Space Center
Liquified Hydrogen Tank, Kennedy Space Center
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