Technology & Innovation
Concentrated expertise – worldwide support for technical challenges.
Behind each KAEFER entity stands the KAEFER Group with its Corporate Innovation & Technical Excellence department and its global expert network. Besides Research and Development, this team of experienced engineers provides additional technical support (including calculations, simulations, and laboratory tests) for shipbuilding, industry & construction industry in the fields of:
- Thermal insulation (cold & hot)
- Passive Fire Protection
- Surface Protection
- NDT & inspection technology
- Access technology
- Asset integrity management
- Thermography / Energy audits
- Renewable Energies
- Technical guidelines, standards, patents
- Application tests & research
- Cryogenic insulation solutions (LNG & LPG)
- Steady state and non-steady state calculations / simulations for mechanical loads and thermal system behaviour
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Innovation & Technical Excellence
Corporate Innovation & Technical Excellence offers a complete range of services, from insulation design and conceptualisation to material testing and installation. We count on three laboratories and one test area.
In these labs it is possible to test entire insulation systems under different boundary conditions, resulting in a holistic analysis of their properties and capabilities.
- Acoustic laboratory
- Climate testing laboratory
- Material testing laboratory
- Insulation test area
With over 50 years of experience, the Corporate Innovation & Technical Excellence department is an established market leader in insulation consulting, providing professional solutions for even the most complex technical challenges.
- System design and test under cryogenic conditions for a Federal German association
- Long-term endurance test for a supplier of the European aviation industry
- Finalisation and endurance test of own humidity sensor technology
Technical calculations and simulations
From the heat and humidity of the tropics to the dry cold of the arctic tundra, we have experienced the widest variety of conditions that can affect heat, cold and sound insulation. And we’ve done that without even leaving our offices. That’s because we have a range of laboratory testing facilities available in house to ensure that materials are fit for the job – no matter how challenging the conditions may be.
In addition to tests in our climate chambers, we also perform mechanical, cryogenic and acoustic measurements as well. And we can check for fire safety with small-scale fire tests. The purpose is not just to certify safety and performance, but also to reduce our clients’ energy consumption as well.
It doesn’t matter if it’s using thermal imaging to see the energy escaping from a shipping vessel or subject components to the most extreme pressures and temperatures for the Airbus A400M aircraft, KAEFER’s Technical Excellence and Support team will rise to the challenge.
We do the designs for your needs using different methods and systems:
|Heat Insulation||Thermal calculations|
|Large scale testing|
|Cold Insulation||Cryogenic test stand|
|Heat flow measurements|
|Passive Fire Protection||System assessment|
|Surface Protection||Cleaning & Preparation|
|Standards & Guidelines|
The acoustic laboratory in Bremen enables us to carry out system tests in our own wall and pipe test stand.
Optimal room conditions and low flanking transmissions allow sound measurements even at heaviest components, e. g. ship's structure, air ducts or pipes. Modifications of the test area enable measurements of doors, industrial panels as well as panels of minimum size.
The room characteristics and the test methods applied meet the requirements of European regulations. The measurement results can be compared with those of accredited institutes, evidence of which provided by numerous projects.
Specimens including their assembly are carried out in cooperation with the nearby KAEFER workshops, which means high flexibility and low costs.
Climate testing laboratory
The KAEFER climate testing laboratory has a large range of equipment at its disposal, including a walk-in climatic chamber.
A temperature range from -75°C to 120°C is a unique feature of the 15 m³ chamber. The walk-in chamber is expandible 5 meters more in the length giving us more space for long specimens that do not need to be test at extreme conditions.
The climatic chamber has its own air supply which can be redirected to closed specimens in order to vary the internal pressure, testing like that the mechanical properties simultaneously to the temperature and air humidity.
This test rig was only made possible by fitting the climatic chamber with an air pressure system put together and configured by KAEFER engineers.
Beside the climatic and pressure tests we can connect different kind of sensors to the climatic chamber, like e. g. movement transductors.
All test parameters and results are recorded and stored in digital form. All measurements are performed using calibrated sensors, guaranteeing a high accuracy.
In case of small test specimens, climatic cabinets are available:
- Climatic cabinets: Temperature from +10 °C to 100 °C / Air humidity from 10 % to 90 %
- Oven for conditioning: temperature up to 300 °C
- High temperature Oven: temperature up to 1.200 °C
Material testing laboratory
In our material testing laboratory, we have numerous possibilities for supporting engineers of the KAEFER Group early on in their tasks, by testing jointly developed ideas under laboratory and under critical conditions. Despite the name of the lab, we can test also small-scale insulation systems, like e. g. a glued samples of PUR using different adhesives.
In doing so, the experience we have gathered in minimizing risks of technically demanding solutions proves beneficial.
We always adopt an out-of-the-box perspective – that is what we are here for. We look for alternatives, integrate what is time-tested and develop new systems in order to find the optimal solution for every task, profiting all the while from a large network of research facilities, institutes and other material testing laboratories.
- Mechanical test under lab and critical conditions
- Determination of thermal conductivity
- Microscopic investigations
- Determination of open cell content
- Small-scale indicative test of the flame resistance (burning chamber – B2 Test)
And much more!
Insulation testing area
In this test area we can investigate insulation systems under natural weather conditions. Long-term test, installation and performance trials are the focus of the test rig, where complete insulation systems can be analysed (coating, insulation material, sub-structure, cladding, glues and adhesives, monitoring systems and sensors).
- 30-meter pipe length
- Diameter DN 150 (168 mm)
- Internal pipe temperature until 180 °C
- Different insulation materials, coatings, and surface treatment
- Data acquisition of all relevant data
When it comes to renewable energy, the possibilities of using the sun as a power source go from reassurance to excitement.
For example, gas turbines use concentrated solar power (CSP) as its heat source coming from a mirror field and heat exchanger mounted on a solar platform. By using mirrors rather than photovoltaic panels, the turbine is able to use a much larger proportion of solar power. The gas turbine can then also be used to run a conventional steam turbine, which results in the generation of even more energy, making the most out of every ray of sunshine.
A multidisciplinary approach is the key to KAEFER's thinking when it comes to renewable energy. It’s about creating clever combinations of various energies and technical methods to bring innovation. And adopting a modular method to renewables helps us to get a few steps further towards sustainable energy and increasing efficiency.
KAEFER is at the forefront of efforts to increase the efficiency and benefit of solar power and is also active in the research, engineering, design and implementation of innovative solutions for the ‘cleantech’ market.
Our products & solutions for the ‘cleantech’ market:
- Insulation solutions for high temperature receiver technology
- Decentralised solar heated combined cycles
- ORC heat recovery systems
- Power units for alternative fuels
- Engineering and design, research and process development
- Turnkey renewable energy solutions
- Project execution
- Purchase of materials and services