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

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1.12. Relationship of System Requirements to the Design of Insulation Systems and to the Properties of Materials Used

For any specific set of installation requirements, the properties of a material determine its suitability. If there were only one, or a limited number of sets of installation requirements, selection of a material would be simple, and the need for all the various types of insulations and weather barriers reduced. However, this is not the case. Each installation must be considered, and its requirements evaluated to allow the selection of the best-suited material (or materials) for the individual installation under consideration.
Not only do the installation requirements change with the individual case, but the relative importance ...

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