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Thermal Insulation Handbook for the Oil, Gas, and Petrochemical Industries by Alireza Bahadori

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1.3. Selection of Thermal Insulating Systems

1.3.1. Optimum Effectiveness

The use of thermal insulation shall be arranged so that the optimum effectiveness is derived from all components of the complete system, bearing in mind always any economic limitations that may be imposed by the purchaser. Where optimum effectiveness cannot be obtained, as a result of economic or other limitations, it is the duty of the insulation experts to advise the relevant company to this effect, giving their reasons for their opinion. The required life of the insulation systems should be considered because this affects the annual cost and hence the economic thickness. If the plant has only a short life, an inexpensive insulation system may be considered; if the plant ...

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