3M uses cookies on this site. This site and 3M selected service providers place cookies, containing text files, on your computer to recognize your computer and:

  • personalize your experience on 3M websites
  • show you ads tailored to your interests
  • collect anonymous statistical information to enhance site functionality and performance.

Learn the benefits of accepting these cookies

You can change your cookie settings at any time by clicking on the Cookie Preferences link at the bottom of the page.

Some opt-outs may fail due to your browser's cookie settings. If you would like to set opt-out preferences using this tool, you must allow third party cookies in your browser settings.

By clicking Accept and Proceed, you confirm your understanding and agreement for cookie settings as indicated on the left.

Accept and Proceed

Skip to Primary Navigation Skip to Site Navigation Skip to Main Content All 3M.com Site Map

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
Back to: Energy and Advanced Materials