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Baillis and Coquard (2008) and Dombrovsky and Baillis (2010) give comprehensive general overviews of experimental approaches and theoretical models used to determine the radiative properties of highly porous cell foams in their books. A synthesis is presented herein concerning closed cell foams. More details and specific results can be found in these text books.

Closed cell foams find applications in a large number of technological fields. They are notably used for packaging or mechanical protection due to their excellent mechanical resistance. However, thermal insulation is their main scope of application. As a matter of fact, numerous materials used in frigorific or building insulation have a closed cell structure. Polystyrene or polyurethane (PUR) foams are the most widely sold ...

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