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structural foams

  • Polystyrene Foams for Building and Construction

    Polystyrene FoamsElasto Proxy custom-fabricates polystyrene foams for building and construction projects that require strong, lightweight, waterproof, and mold-resistant materials.

    Home builders and general contractors need waterproof building materials for kitchens and bathrooms. Commercial construction companies also need specialized materials that can prevent water from weakening structures such as shower frames or sink backsplashes. There are several different categories of water damage, but even the least harmful type (Class 1) can mean costly repairs or renovations.

    Water damage doesn’t just rot and weaken built structures, however. Moisture promotes the growth of mold and other organisms that can harm human health. For example, exposure to so-called “black mold” may cause skin rashes or respiratory distress, especially in children and people with compromised immune systems. Sometimes, these toxic molds remain hidden behind tiles or beneath flooring for years. Continue reading

  • Aluminum Foams for Energy Absorption and Blast Mitigation

    Aluminum FoamsElasto Proxy custom-fabricates structural aluminum foams into energy-absorbing insulation that mitigates the effects of blasts, shock, and vibration.   

    Engineers and technical buyers need energy absorption solutions that can help protect vehicles, buildings, equipment, and personnel from blast waves. As the threat of terrorism continues, military vehicles and facilities aren’t the only targets for attacks that use improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Today, concrete structures such as office buildings, parking garages, and sports stadiums represent “soft targets” for terrorists. In the event of an attack, energy-absorbing structural foams can decrease blast impulse transfers and help save lives. These specialized materials can also reduce shock and vibration.

    Aluminum foams from Elasto Proxy are strong, lightweight materials that provide blast mitigation and thermal acoustic insulation. In addition to absorbing energy from explosions, these aluminum composite products offer thermal conductivity and sound attenuation. Applications for structural aluminum foams include vehicle IED underbody kits, architectural blast panels, composite flooring systems, and vibration management. Additional uses include vehicle lightweighting and sandwich panels, multi-layer building and construction materials with excellent mechanical performance. Continue reading

  • Structural Foams for Strong, Lightweight Insulation

    Structural FoamsElasto Proxy custom fabricates strong, lightweight insulation made from structural foams. Applications include custom baths, signs and displays, and blast mitigation. 

    Structural foams are strong but lightweight materials with a sandwich-like structure. They consist of a foam core that’s sandwiched between two thin but solid layers. During production, a blowing agent is introduced and process parameters are modified. Compared to solid injection molding, the foam molding process provides important design and performance benefits. Structural foams also support cost-effective custom fabrication and can be laminated to other materials in multi-layer composites. Continue reading

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