EPS has good insulation properties, in spite of the fact that it’s 95 percent air. EPS foam is being used in everything from insulation materials in homes and buildings to throwaway plates and cups in fast food restaurants and as take-out containers in many more. The insulation is among the best in terms of R-values, the ability of a material to resist temperature change. EPS foam insulation emits volatile organic compounds, although companies are making strides at reducing these harmful gases in foam products.
EPS foam emits 57 toxic gases as it burns, so keeping it out of fire source reduces air pollution and the risk of breathing hazardous fumes. The containers leach hazardous compounds into food when placed in microwaves. Continue reading
The trick to keeping EPS in place is using the proper adhesive. Improper installation may just lead to a sticky mess. There are several adhesives on the market that are used specifically to keep EPS in place.
Purchase an adhesive product specifically made for attaching EPS foam. Continue reading
EPS is a lightweight product that is produced by expansion of small solid plastic particles of polystyrene. The plastic polystyrene expansion is achieved by the virtue of small amounts of pentane gas dissolved into the polystyrene base material during its production. Butane gas or propane gas can also be used as a blowing agent, however the pentane gas is most environmentally friendly.
The gas that has been introduced expands under the action of heat that is applied in the form of steam which then forms the polystyrene particles into perfectly closed cells of EPS. The beads are sorted by weight and size and allowed to age for a given period before proceeding on to the next stage of production. The EPS closed cell beads are then moulded into various forms suited to their application. This process has now transformed the beads which now occupy approxmatly 40 times the volume of the origonal polystyrene granule. Continue reading