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

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Chapter Four

Cryogenic Insulation Systems for LNG Industries

Abstract

The market for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is growing faster than any other market for energy resources. Since LNG is normally carried by ship at -163°C, the functional requirements of a ship carrying LNG include cryogenic reliability due to thermal cyclic stresses and high thermal insulation performance for safe and efficient transportation of LNG. In order to guarantee the LNG cold temperature around -160°C, high-quality insulation installation in accordance with strict specifications is essential. Cryogenic insulation restricts the inflow of atmospheric heat into the pipe or process equipment, keeping the liquid cold and allowing it to retain its form. This chapter covers fundamentals ...

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