Preparation and Properties of Ceramic Tiles for Heat Insulation
The bulk tiles of ceramic fibers reinforced aerogel were prepared from two reinforcements, evenly dispersed ceramic fibers and sintered tiles. It has been found that ceramic fiber-reinforced aerogels showed higher thermal conductivity than aerogel itself. Shrinkage of aerogels in chopped fiber reinforced aerogel composites showed similar tendency as pure aerogel during gelation, but the shrinkage was prohibited during supercritical drying. By contrary, in the case of sintered tile reinforced aerogel, shrinkage of aerogel was completely limited in both gelation and drying processes. Average of about 50% increase of compressive strengths of the sintered tile reinforced aerogel to sintered tiles were obtained with an average density increase of about 36%, their thermal conductivity depressed slightly.
Yafang Han et al.
C. C. Sun et al., "Preparation and Properties of Ceramic Tiles for Heat Insulation", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 546-549, pp. 2157-2162, 2007