The technology within Industrial Nanotech’s patented Nansulate® line of coatings utilizes a nanotechnology based material, which we call Hydro-NM-Oxide. This is not a ceramic microsphere, it is unique to our technology. This unique material has a very low thermal conductivity, which means it acts as an insulator, like other types of insulation, by reducing heat conduction (both radiant and conductive), to lower costs for heating and cooling in buildings and process heating and cooling costs in manufacturing. In addition to being a next generation insulation, the products also have a combination of other cost saving and protective benefits.
This is why we have used thermal testing that measures direct heat conduction in energy units (such as watts), that is not dependent upon thickness. These types of tests measure the ability to insulate and reduce thermal conductivity, no matter how thin or thick a material is.
One of these thermal tests is the European Union Standard for thermal performance of building assemblies, which you’ll see available in our downloads and on our thermal data page. Reviewing this test, and others that we have available, you’ll see that our technology is an excellent insulator, and its insulating value is expressed in reduction of heat transmission in actual energy units.
In general, customers that use Nansulate® coatings in building envelope applications will typically report a reduction in energy consumption by 20% to 40%, depending upon their application, climate, and energy use. Customers that use Nansulate® coatings for industrial equipment applications will typically report a reduction in energy consumpotion by 10% to 25%, depending upon application.
Our technology has been tested by a number of independent laboratories for several thermal and related performance characteristics. One of these is to the European Union standard, ISO Standard 8990:1999 for Thermal Performance of Building Assemblies. Product tested on 8cm concrete wall sections with plaster on both sides resulted in a 34.8% reduction in heat transmission as measured in watts.
Thermal Conductivity per ASTM 1530: Product tested on concrete roof tiles. Nansulate® Crystal reduced the thermal conductivity of the concrete roof tile by 29.7%.
Additional information is available on each Product Data Sheet.
This product does not contain nano-scale particles. The unique particulate solids in this product are micro-scale particles with nano-scale internal architecture. This is important since architectural coatings are often sanded or otherwise mechanically manipulated after being applied. These subsequent process will, therefore, not generate particles of nano-size.
Many of the ceramic coating products obtain part of their insulating benefit from reflectivity off the white or light colored surface, making them more effective outdoors during hot weather than inside, where there is no sun to reflect off of the coating, and by the use of small glass beads, or ceramic microspheres, which trap air. Nansulate’s unique Hydro-NM-Oxide is a micro-sized material with nano-sized internal architecture that inhibits the transfer of heat, causing the material to act as an effective thin insulator – inside or out, and even when sandwiched between other materials.
Additional benefits are that the material is moisture, mold, and corrosion resistant and low VOC. Our coating is also clear, allowing it to be used over surfaces without changing their look. Details on specific thermal and other testing can be found on the Product Data Sheet.
If you must use an infrared/laser thermometer, then we recommend painting a flat black target area (Sharpies are NOT recommended, as they are somewhat reflective) on any surface to be measured, then aim the thermometer at that area.
You can view our TEMPERATURE MEASUREMENT VIDEO online for helpful measurement tips.