What is heat transfer compound?
Heat transfer compounds are highly conductive material used to enhance the heat transfer rate of steam (fluid) tracers that are attached to pipelines, valves, pumps or other equipment. These materials come in several different forms and consistencies. Some of the compounds are extruded rubbery-like materials that soften and adhere to the substrate upon which they are applied when heated above 95°C (200°F). Some are mastic materials that never harden but provide a tacky adhesive thermal connection to the heated surface, while other types adhere to the tracer and pipeline with a rock-like hardness when cured.