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Tempshield® Reflective Insulation Packaging

Radiant Barrier

Tempshield® Reflective Insulation Packaging

Highlights

Tempshield® Reflective Insulation radiant barrier is popular as a packaging material for home delivery products including pharmaceuticals, food, perishables, and plants. Tempshield® Reflective Insulation radiant barrier reflects heat, which in turn keeps products either hot or cold during the last-mile delivery process.

Key Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to handle
  • Sewn seams for added strength and longevity

Technical Data

Product Description

Two-sided reflecting metallized film with polyethylene woven reinforcement

Weight

29.5 lbs per 1000 sq ft roll

Tensile/Tear Strength

Length: 13.23 pounds force
Width: 13.98 pounds force
ASTM D2261

Pliability

70°F±5°F & 50±5% Relative Humidity –
No Cracking or Delamination
ASTM C1313-05

Adhesive Performance

180°F±5°F & 50% Relative Humidity –
No Bleeding or Delamination
ASTM C1313-05

Flame Spread & Smoke

Class A/ Class 1
0 Flame Spread, 5 Smoke Development
ASTM Method E84-10

Resistance to Fungi

PASS – No Growth
ASTM C1338-08

Thermal Properties

EMISSIVITY: 0.05
REFLECTIVITY: 95%
ASTM C1371-04a

Standard Size

42" x 48" x 48"
Other sizes available by special order

The Florida Solar Energy Center at Cape Canaveral has tested radiant barriers in both small-scale laboratory and full-scale building models. Their results indicate that radiant barriers provide significant resistance to heat transfer. Current tests conducted by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the University of Mississippi support the findings of the Florida Solar Energy Center. Northeastern Illinois University conducted winter tests in residential and commercial structures using infra-red thermograph photography. The photos showed significant resistance to heat transfer over the regular insulation.

The “R” value depends on the number and size of the air spaces surrounding the Radiant Barrier and on the direction of the heat flow. Since Radiant Barrier is usually installed on top of existing mass insulation, its R-value is a moot point. It is Radiant Barrier’s ability to reflect heat that makes it such an energy saver.

Radiant Barrier is unlike mass insulation which only slows down or resists heat transfer. Radiant Barrier reflects heat. Heat always goes cold by natural law—the problem is how to keep the heat in the winter and how to keep it out in the summer. There are three ways in which heat goes from warm spaces to cold spaces: conduction is direct heat flow through a solid object such as a wall or a ceiling. Convection is heat movement through air, occurring when air is warmed. The heat expands, becoming less dense and rising. Radiation is the movement of heat rays across air spaces from one warm object to a cooler object. The heat we feel from a wood stove or a quartz space heater is radiant heat. All objects and bodies give off radiant heat. Even the insulation in your attic gives off radiant heat to the cold attic space in the winter, and to the living space in the summer. Regular insulation won’t stop radiant heat loss. Radiant heat must be reflected with a radiant barrier.

A1 “Hundreds of samples of aluminum foil have been stored in the laboratory for various periods of time up to 10 years with no visible signs of deterioration.” American Society of Heating & Air Conditioning Engineers’ Journal Section. A2 “Aluminum is highly resistant to the effect of corrosion… Aluminum is constantly being used where it is exposed to weather, salt spray and other conditions, which would adversely affect most metals.” The United States Rubber Co. Booklet, Serving You Through Science, Page 5.

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