The high-performance material SUMFOAM®.

Materialstruktur: SUMTEQ Platte
Materialstruktur: SUMTEQ Pulver
Materialstruktur: SUMTEQ Granulat

Highlights

  • Acrylic copolymer as starting material
  • Open-cell, flexibly modifiable nanostructure (< 50 nm)
  • High thermal insulation performance < 23 mW/mK
  • Density depending on pore size between 50 – 100 g/l
  • High pressure stability > 0.7 Mpa
  • High absorption capacity > 7 kg/kg (e.g. oil)
  • BET Surface area > 100 m²/g
  • Extremely hydrophobic surface
  • Temperature resistance up to 80 °C
  • Cost-effective and scalable foaming process of the polymer
  • Form flexible design (granulate, flake, powder, panel, shaped part)
  • 100% foamed with climate-neutral blowing agent

The innovative SUMTEQ technology enables for the first time a practicable, scalable and efficient production of polymer nanofoams, in which there is enormous economic, social and political interest, particularly due to the excellent insulating properties.

SUMFOAM® - Features

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Efficient
Due to the very low thermal conductivity of SUMFOAM®, there is a significant saving of energy and a consequent conservation of valuable resources.
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Lean
Due to its increased efficiency, SUMFOAM® can be used in a space-saving manner, resulting in a significant gain in usable volume.
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Stable
The nanostructuring of SUMFOAM® offers an enormous mechanical stability at low weight, which enables its use as a durable, load-bearing element.
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Sustainable
SUMFOAM® is exclusively foamed with climate-friendly CO₂ and also offers 100% recyclability.
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Versatile
The innovative technology allows a high degree of shape flexibility. In addition, SUMFOAM® is dust-free and easy to machine.

SUMFOAM® – Technologie

SUMFOAM® is the first foamed polymer material with a homogeneous nanostructure, which can be produced under industrial conditions.

The diameter of the foam pores is in the submicron range and the foam consists of more than 90% air. The foam pores with sizes of a few hundred nanometers are smaller than the tiniest bacteria. This means that one liter of foam has a surface area equal to the size of 10 football pitches. The number of pores of more than a trillion comes close to the number of sand grains of all beaches in the world.

As a consequence of having this ultrafine structure SUMFOAM® combines unique material properties. It is especially the Knudsen-Effect that significantly improves the insulation properties creating a huge leap in energy efficiency compared to conventional insulating materials with the positive effect of a sustainable conservation of resources.

In addition SUMFOAM® is characterized by an extremely high mechanical stability at a relatively low density and so it can be easily formed and shaped without producing dust. As the foaming process is exclusively performed with climate-friendly CO2 and the product can be recycled 100%, a huge ecological benefit can be achieved.

SUMFOAM® has the potential for completely new and sustainable material solutions in the field of many diverse applications.

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SUMFOAM® – Applications

SUMFOAM® combines improved and unique material properties due to nanostructuring. In particular, SUMFOAM® is characterized by an excellent insulation performance. In addition, the material is characterized by a very high mechanical stability at relatively low density as well as an extremely high hydrophobic property.

Insulation

Vacuum Isolations Panels (VIPs)

Vakuumisolationspanele (VIP)

Parget an der Wand

Dämmputz

Gebäudedämmung

Gebäude- und Fensterfassaden

Kühlgeräte

Kühlgeräte

Kühllogistik

Transport- und Kühllogistik

Thermische Verpackungen

Verpackung

SUMTEQ Emobility

E-Mobility (Batterien)

We focus on all relevant applications where differences in temperature have to be kept constant and where there is a need for efficient, space-saving high-performing insulation.

They are including a large variety of useful options in most diverse segments of industrial branches like

  • Vacuum insulation panels (VIPs)
  • Insulating plaster
  • Facades for buildings or windows
  • Cooling devices
  • Cold chain logistics
  • Thermal packaging
  • E-Mobility (batteries)

Additional applications

Oil Binding

Absorption

Farbsprühpistole

Coatings

Leichtbaukonstruktionen

Leichtbaukonstruktionen

Automotive

Automotive

Technische Anwendungen

Sonstige technische Anwendungen

We are constantly engaged in spotting and evaluating new alternative applications for SUMFOAM® like

  • Absorption
  • Coatings
  • Lightweight constructions (e.g. for ships or rotor blades)
  • Automotive
  • Aerospace
  • Further technical applications