CORK PIPING INSULATION BASIC INFORMATION AND TUTORIALS


Cork pipe covering is prepared by pressing dried and granulated cork in metal molds. The natural resins in the cork bind the entire mass into its new shape.

In the case of the cheaper cork, an artificial binder is used. The cork may be molded to fit pipe and fittings, or it may be made into flat boards of varying sizes and thickness.

Cork has a low thermal conductivity. The natural binder in the material itself makes cork highly water resistant, and its structure ensures a low capillarity. It can be made practically impervious to water by surfacing with odorless asphalt.

All fittings in the piping, as well as the pipe itself, should be thoroughly insulated to prevent heat gain in order to protect the pipe insulation from moisture infiltration and deterioration and eliminate condensation problems. Molded cork covering made especially for this purpose is available for all common types of fittings.

Each covering should be the same in every respect as the pipe insulation, with the exception of the shape, and should be formed so that it joins to the pipe insulation with a break. Typical cork fitting covers are furnished in three standard thicknesses for ice water, brine, and special brine.

To secure maximum efficiency and long life from cork covering, it must be correctly applied and serviced as well as properly selected. Hence, it is essential that the manufacturer’s recommendations and instructions be followed in detail.

The following general information is a summary of the data. All pipelines should be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and free from all leaks.

It is also advisable to paint the piping with waterproof paint before applying the insulation, although this is not recommended by all manufacturers.

All joints should be sealed with waterproof cement when applied. Fitting insulation should be applied in substantially the same manner, with the addition of a mixture of hot crude paraffin and granulated cork used to fill the space between the fittings.

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