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FOAMGLAS® Cellular Glass Insulation Systems

For more than 60 years, Pittsburgh Corning has produced and developed innovative FOAMGLAS® insulation systems.

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For more than 60 years, Pittsburgh Corning has produced and developed innovative FOAMGLAS® insulation systems. From cryogenic cold to superheated steam temperatures, FOAMGLAS cellular glass is the insulation with the most to offer when dealing with the demands of an end user’s ‘mission critical’ facilities.

Cellular glass insulation

FOAMGLAS cellular glass insulation gives unrivalled long-term insulating performance. 100% closed-cell FOAMGLAS is the oil and gas industry’s first choice to prevent corrosion under insulation (CUI), and to give industry-leading fire protection and safety. Prefabricated, factory-coated systems include FOAMGLAS Terostat and the FOAMGLAS XP jet-fire protection system.

With our own fabricating facilities and five manufacturing facilities in Europe and North America, the FOAMGLAS insulation team is globally aligned, with the ability to supply large industrial projects from multiple sources if necessary.

The FOAMGLAS insulation team of quality sales and engineering personnel work side by side with facility owners, designers and insulation contractors to create the best high-performance insulation solutions with the lowest lifecycle cost to the end user.

FOAMGLAS factory pre-fabrication minimises installation times for pipe sections, elbows, bends, tees, vessels, dome ends, cones, flanges, valves with optional Terostat, XP, or other pre-applied coatings.
FOAMGLAS Terostat preformed insulation for the UK's Centrica Langeled gas reception terminal. FOAMGLAS Terostat was installed throughout the site on large and small pipework and vessels.
FOAMGLAS XP jet-fire protection installations on North Sea production platforms, giving immediate fire safety and easy removal for inspection whilst maximising protection against corrosion under insulation (CUI).
FOAMGLAS is installed throughout Statoil assets. In order to prevent CUI, Statoil follows the Norsok standard, which requires cellular glass to be applied for installations operating up to 180°C.
Centrica's Grain LNG terminal uses FOAMGLAS for installations at -160°C, both under the storage tank bases and on pipework and vessels. This is to ensure longevity and fire safety.

Impermeable closed-cell insulation

FOAMGLAS is a uniquely 100% closed-cell insulation. It is impermeable to both liquid water and water vapour. The best protection against CUI is a fully closed-cell structure, which means that process pipework and equipment is kept dry and protected from the causes of CUI.

Factory pre-coated insulation system

FOAMGLAS Terostat PCFR combines the established FOAMGLAS insulation with a factory-applied flexible polymer coating. The FOAMGLAS Terostat system can be applied far more rapidly than other traditional insulation / coating and cladding systems, and avoids the requirement for heavy pails of mastic to be handled on-site. The system can be easily installed by abseilers.

FOAMGLAS Terostat also increases the level of protection against CUI by providing a continuous joint-free weather coating with a high level of flexibility and integrity against abuse on-site.

Fire-safe closed-cell insulation

As FOAMGLAS insulation is made from pure glass, it cannot burn and will not produce smoke in fire. It brings the highest levels of fire protection for personnel and process plants to the onshore and offshore industry. FOAMGLAS is the only cellular insulation material able to obtain the highest fire safety classification, EuroClass A1, under the new European fire-safety standards, which are progressively replacing older national standards.

Simplified fire protection insulation system

Simply installing FOAMGLAS insulation around a pipe or vessel already adds significant fire protection. Several hours of hydrocarbon pool fire protection can be achieved with FOAMGLAS and a thin stainless-steel cladding. For jet fire several simple systems are available, including FOAMGLAS with Unifrax / Thermal Ceramics blankets and stainless-steel cladding or site-applied intumescent coatings, e.g. Chartek and Pittchar.

Rapidly installed jet-fire protection insulation system

FOAMGLAS XP adds a factory-applied intumescent epoxy coating to FOAMGLAS insulation and enhances the level of fire protection. Long-duration jet-fire protection can be achieved with this composite system. Installation is rapid, even by abseilers, since the system is supplied in pre-coated shells, which are simply joint-sealed, attached to the pipework, then banded. This system is fully inspectable and can be easily removed / immediately reinstated.

Prefabricated cellular glass insulation systems for quicker installation

All FOAMGLAS insulation systems can be factory prefabricated into straight sections, elbows / bends, dome ends, cones, valve and flange boxes, all designed to enable site work to proceed quickly and to maximise installed quality. These prefabricated items can be factory coated with a variety of weather and vapour barrier coatings.

Safe, reliable and effective FOAMGLAS insulation systems

Pittsburgh Corning specialises in producing innovative FOAMGLAS insulation systems designed to both minimise installation time as well as to protect companies and their people worldwide™.

We have released a video of the factory production and site application of the FOAMGLAS Terostat PCFR pre-coated insulation system. Pre-application of the flexible outer Terostat covering to FOAMGLAS cellular glass insulation increases site installation speed and allows an effective barrier to be created against water ingress and CUI. To view the video, click on the link below our contact details (second URL).

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The Benefits of Using FOAMGLAS® Insulation Around Combustible Liquids

Fires can result when combustible liquids, such as oils and heat transfer fluids, are absorbed by insulation materials (also called “wicking”). Even certain insulation materials that are noncombustible can absorb liquids that are combustible and, consequently, can contribute to the spreading of a fire.

16 September 2020

Reducing Corrosion in Offshore Industries

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23 August 2016

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22 June 2016

The Gryphon A is Ready to Withstand the Harshest Weather Conditions

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23 April 2013

Pittsburgh Corning Europe Opens Industrial Training Centre

Pittsburgh Corning celebrated the opening of its new multi-purpose 375m2 training centre at Tessenderlo, Belgium, by inviting our European FOAMGLAS® insulation specialists to try for themselves the extensive range of pipework rigs and vessels.

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14 August 2012

FOAMGLAS® to Exhibit at ONS Stavanger

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FOAMGLAS at Offshore Europe

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FOAMGLAS® to the Gulf of Venice

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FOAMGLAS® Again for Rubis Terminal

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5 December 2010

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