Crtomir wrote:With all this talk about aero-gels, most of the ones that are cheap enough are aero-gel beads, not monolithic blocks of aero-gel. A 20x20 cm monolithic block of aero-gel is prohibitively expensive. Filling up a box with aero-gel beads leaves a lot of interstitial space between the beads that is filled with just air. I am wondering if, in the end, aero-gel beads actually work better than just a solid styrofoam block or if, because of the air gaps, the composite system becomes less insulative than just a simple solid styrofoam block? Has anyone taken any real data on this to PROVE that aero-gel beads packed in a box perform better than a solid block of styrofoam?
Anyone have thoughts on this?
Honestly, my thoughts are don't waste your money on aerogel...with the way the competition is structured, it's not worth it...plenty of other decent insulators out there
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