Mumbai, India – Rinac, which makes insulated panels and refrigeration systems, has produced mobile medical intensive care unit facilities that are insulated with BASF’s Elastopir rigid foam. They will support India’s need for more hospital beds during the coronavirus pandemic.
BASF said that this is the first time Elastopir has been used for healthcare facilities. It is more normally used in cold storage and animal farming applications.
Each prefabricated mobile unit has five beds, although this can be reconfigured to meet local needs. The units can be redeployed to different locations on trailers.
‘With Elastopir’s extra high-temperature stability, the patients can recuperate comfortably with consistent indoor temperatures at 22-25°C,’ said Soji Abraham, SVP for strategy at Rinac India. ‘Most importantly, Elastopir’s superior fire performance helps enhance the protection of these facilities against fires.’
The material lowers energy consumption by reducing air loss and solar gain, BASF said. The same insulation performance is given by much thinner panels than more traditional materials than concrete, it added. This increases the usable space within the units.