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Fabrication

Panel Systems has one of the largest specialist fabrication units for the cutting and machining of Styrofoam in Europe. Hot-Wire cutting facilities include in-line length, width and thickness cutting to provide maximum efficiency for large scale production. Separate batch cutting facilities for length, width and thickness also ensure no job is too small. These facilities are further enhanced with two large 3-axis CNC cutting machines able to handle sheets up to 3000mm x 1200mm.

Our purchasing power enables us to source an extensive range of fabrication blocks from Dow with lengths up to 3025mm, widths up to 1200mm and thickness up to 165mm. This ensures that our customers are able to achieve the required sheet size with minimum waste. Hot wire cut surface of Styrofoam is ideal for the application of adhesives and is fully compatible with metals, plastics and timber based products for bonding purposes.

Fabrication Grades

IB
Styrofoam

LT
Styrofoam

LB
Styrofoam

RTM
Styrofoam

HD300 F
Styrofoam

Surf
Styrofoam

Applications

panel core & fabrication

low temp panel core

high quality panel core

refrigerated truck panels

high load panels and floor inserts

surfboard core material

Comments on product characteristics and applications

'planed' or cut surface for good bonding
dimensionally stable panel core
can be hot wire cut without distortion

'planed' & grooved for panel core

HD material for panels and fabrication

white XPS
excellent physical properties

Properties

Method & Units

Density
minimum

BS 4370: method 2
kg/m³

28

28

32

40

45

36

Thermal
conductivity*

BS 3837 part 2: 1990 Appendix G
W/mK

0.033

0.024

0.027

0.025

0.025

Cell size
0.3-0.6mm
(ASTM D3576)

Compressive
strength** (4)

BS 4370: method 3
kN/m²

250

250

300

400

700

275

Design load for traffic use

kN/m²

-

-

-

-

250

-

Compressive modulus

BS 4370: method 3
kPa

10-18,000

12-15,000

12-20,000

16-25,000

25-33,000

-

Tensile strength

DIN 53292
kPa

450

450

500

700

1000

-

Tensile modulus

DIN 53292
kPa

10,000-18,00 0

12,000-15,000

12,000-20,000

16,000-25,000

25,000-33,000

-

Shear strength

ASTMC 273
kPa

200

250

250

400

500

275

Shear modulus

ASTMC 273
kPa

7,000

8,000

8,000

10,000

14,000

3,800

Coefficient linear thermal expansion

BS 4370: 13
mm/mK

0.07

0.07

0.07

0.07

0.07

0.07

Water vapour permeability
()

BS 3837 part 2: 1990 Appendix D
ngm/Ns

1.9

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.7

1.7

Water vapour resistivity

BS 4370: method 8
µ-value

100-160

80-160

100-160

100-160

100-160

100-160

Water absorption by immersion

% volume

28 days, full boards

DIN 53434

 

 

ASTM C272

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.1

Capillarity

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Nil

Temperature range
(min/max intermittent use temperature)

°C

-50 to +75

-50 to +75

-50 to +75

-50 to +75

-50 to +75

-50 to +75

The properties given above are typical unless stated otherwise.
(4) for long term static loads apply a safety factor of 3 for the compressive strength values.

The information provided herein is given in good faith, subject to the Trade Practices Act 1974. No warranty, expressed or implied, is made. The user solely determines the suitability of the product for their specific application. A policy of continued improvement by research and development exists and specifications are subject to change without notice. This is an uncontrolled document

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