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Richard Schmidt

Richard Schmidt is one of Aspen Aerogels' process SME's. He travels the world to help owners get the most from their delayed coker units. Richard focuses on the vital role of insulation in meeting process targets.
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Weighing Your Options for Insulating Spheres

Posted by Richard Schmidt on March 12, 2019

The weight of insulation is becoming increasingly critical for today's congested industrial sites. For some sites, turnaround and maintenance schedules can be negatively impacted by space and weight limitations—just think about the use of cranes where space is restricted as an example. In this post, we focus on the weight of thermal insulation, including when it becomes an important consideration for refinery and chemical processing engineers.

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Topics: Turnarounds, CUI, Wet Insulation, Productivity, Lightweight Insulation, asset protection

Insulating Feed Lines to Stabilize Operations & Increase Run Times

Posted by Richard Schmidt on August 1, 2018

No one will argue that insulating process piping and equipment isn't a smart choice for industry—energy is conserved and personnel are protected. But when that insulation breaks down due to heat, water or mechanical abuse, the disadvantages go beyond just increased energy consumption. A recent experience with a US refinery is a good example of how the right choice of insulation can provide immediate, tangible benefits to operations.

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Topics: Delayed Coker Unit, Furnace Feed Lines

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If you ever wanted to know more about aerogels and the important role they play in our world, this is the blog for you. We’ll shed light on these remarkable materials, starting with our breakthrough innovations in silica aerogel blanket insulations. Join us as we venture into a world where aerogels made from a variety of materials play critical roles in energy storage, natural resource preservation, and more. Welcome to our Aerogel Technology Platform. Welcome to Aspen Aerogels.

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