Do heat transfer compounds break and lose contact with the pipeline over time?
- It should be understood that not all heat transfer compounds are the same just as all paints and primers are not the same. Field experience and tests carried out over the years indicate that widely varying properties exists between heat transfer compounds produced by various manufacturers. High quality heat transfer compounds will not degrade when installed and used in accordance with defined procedures and temperature limitations. The method of installation described in the previous question/answer virtually eliminates any separation at the interface between the heat transfer compound and the pipeline.
- No third party technical standards on characteristics and performance of materials exists for heat transfer compounds and many small “garage shop” manufacturers produce inferior products. Therefore, the selection of heat transfer materials from an ISO 9000 registered manufacturer having qualified technical back up and testing capability is the best means of assuring a successful and durable system.