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Expanded Polystyrene Industries Served by Forte EPS Solution ON - EPS for ConstructionExpanded Polystyrene, commonly known as EPS foam in North America, is a light weight, closed-cell, semi-rigid and highly insulating cellular plastic based material. Comprised mostly of air, EPS foam exhibits physical and mechanical properties rendering it an excellent choice of material for numerous industries and applications, especially for insulation in construction projects, protective insulating packaging for food and general packaging products offering high impact protection for sensitive contents.

 

Expanded Polystyrene is the perfect solution for a broad range of industries including:

Construction

Packaging

Arts & Crafts

Television & Film

Automotive

Agriculture

OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturers)

 

What is EPS FOAM or Expanded Polystyrene?

 

Expanded Polystyrene, commonly known as EPS in North America, is a light weight, closed-cell, semi-rigid cellular plastic material. EPS exhibits physical and mechanical properties which render it as an excellent choice of material for several industries and applications.

 

Main Physical and Mechanical Characteristics of EPS FOAM

Expanded Polystyrene has many desirable physical and mechanical properties such as:

Superior long term thermal resistance

EPS is an inert material and is dimensionally stable

Excellent Buoyancy

Excellent moisture resistance

Light weight and easy to handle

High compressive strength relative to its weight

Versatile material and can be molded or cut into a multitude of shapes and forms

100% recyclable

Ozone friendly. Does not use CFC’s or HCFC’s in the manufacturing process

Cost effective with a relatively Low cost per R-value (R-value is a measure thermal insulation)

 

Applications of EPS FOAM for specific industries

Construction

The majority of EPS production in North America is used in the construction industry in several applications including:

High density EPS insulation panel products

Thermal insulating material for exterior/interior below and above grade walls and roof structures

Thermal insulating material of floors and slab on grade

Main substrate material for stucco and exterior insulating finishing systems (EIFS)

Thermal insulation for radiant floor heating

Insulated concrete forms (ICF’s) for walls and floors

Structural insulated panels (SIP’s)

Garage door insulation

Geofoam

Due to its light weight, dimensional stability and high compressive strength, a special grade of EPS referred to as geofoam is used in geotechnical applications including:

Retaining wall backfill

Road construction and widening

Bridge abutment and underfill

Culverts, pipelines and buried structures

Noise and vibration damping

Slope stabilization

Stadium and theatre seating

Under slab fill for ice rink floors

Landscaping and green roofs

Packaging and Transportation of Goods

Due to its compressive strength, inertness and shock absorbing capabilities, EPS is also widely used in the packaging and transportation of goods industry for a variety of application including:

Vegetable and fruit trays

Electronic appliance packaging

Hot beverage cups such as coffee and tea

Pharmaceutical packaging

Cooler boxes

Marine Flotation

EPS has excellent buoyancy characteristics and can support up to 55 pounds of weight per cubic feet. Typical buoyancy applications include rafts, docks and billets. EPS is inert and as such does not react with sweet or salt water. Furthermore EPS billets can be encapsulated within several types of coatings to make the EPS impermeable to oils and chemicals that are present in contaminated areas.

Automotive

The automotive industry is another innovative application of EPS products. Automotive manufacturers have for the past decade increased their usage of EPS in the exterior and interior of several components to make cars and trucks lighter, more fuel efficient yet safe and stylish to attract more revenue from clients. EPS is now commonly used in automotive components such as:

Behind bumpers

Body side moldings

Dashboards

Under seat cushions

Behind door trims and arm rests

Recreational Themes

EPS has also proved its cost effectiveness for recreational themes. Due to its light weight and production versatility, EPS is used in the recreation industry to create monuments, historical building replicas and decorations. EPS can be molded, hand carved or custom cut with precision to create almost any shape as required. Furthermore several EPS shapes can be glued together easily to form larger objects. The final shape is then painted and/or coated to create the required theme without resorting to the use of heavy materials such as stone or cement or expensive skilled labor such as master masons.

Lost Foam

EPS is also used to create complex and precision metal shapes using a special technique known as lost foam casting. This process requires making the required metal shape in EPS. The EPS shape is then coated with refractory coating and placed in a casting flask that is filled with compacted sand. Molten material is then poured into the casting flask causing the EPS to vaporize leaving behind the required shape in precision cast metal. This is a cost effective method of creative precision metal shapes compared to the traditional wax casting.

 

 

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