In the United Kingdom, one ton of steel is lost to corrosion, every 90 seconds.
Tufnol laminates provide a simple and cost-effective solution to this construction problem with simple insulating components which isolate dissimilar metals and prevent destructive, corrosion-inducing electrical currents from flowing.
Also renowned for its mechanical strength, creep resistance and very long life in outdoor and marine environments, Tufnol laminates are an ideal choice for many such components.
Attributes of Tufnol laminates
- Provide insulation between dissimilar metals, thereby preventing electrolytic corrosion
- Simple insulating components made from laminated plastics can inhibit corrosion by preventing the small electrical currents which flow naturally when metals of different types are close together in the presence of moist air.
- Tufnol laminates are good electrical insulators and have the ability to sustain high loads
- They are relatively unaffected by exposure to outdoor conditions
- Tufnol laminated plastics have a relatively long life in the type of static load bearing situations found in structural applications
- They are immensely strong, rigid and non-metalllic
- As a thermal break, laminated plastics prevent temperature transfer from exterior conditions to interior
- Tufnol laminates respond well to machining and can be machined to customer requirements
Tufnol laminated plastics – typical applications in retail units, factories, housing, office buildings etc.
- Insulation sleeves for steel tension cables in tall buildings and structures
- Baffles in heat exchangers
- Insulation on steel gantries and frameworks
- Pipe flange insulation
- Support pads, sleeves and washers in non-ferrous decorative building facades
- Tank support pads
- Insulating pieces in large bronze sculptures
- Pads on metal stairways
- Sleeves and washers for bolt insulation
- Pipe connectors
- Pump support pad
- Insulating support pads on major structures in theme parks
Recent projects involving Tufnol laminates, which will often be specified by the architect
- New Street Station, Birmingham
- Lloyds Building, London
- Schools, etc.