Today, when Russia celebrates the One-Year-to-Go mark for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Dow’s contributions will be on the center stage. Indeed, high-performing solutions from Dow can be found throughout the Sochi Olympic Park, most notably at the Bolshoy Ice Dome - one of Sochi’s most iconic venues, an arena that reflects Russia’s cultural tradition while it also welcomes the world to a modern, elaborate multi-purpose building.
“We are extremely proud of our science and technology-based contributions to enable sustainable, safer and higher-performing venues at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games,” said Arthur Eritspokhov, executive director for Dow Olympic Operations in Russia.
During the construction of the Bolshoy Ice Dome, Dow worked closely with the project’s contractors, Mostovik and LLC Rusenegromontazh, to provide a number of unique solutions, including insulation and heat transfer fluids that enable an energy-efficient and reliable, long-lasting ice rink. “With the festivities taking place today all over Russia, and the major performance happening here at the Bolshoy Ice Dome, we will be able to witness our solutions in action, helping to stage a spectacular ice show,” said Arthur Eritspokhov.
As the Official Chemistry Company and the Official Insulation Partner of the Olympic Games, Dow applied its technical expertise and unmatched innovation portfolio to help build a world-class ice surface for top-performing athletes:
· STYROFOAM™ brand XPS insulation served as an insulation layer for the flooring underneath the ice surface. STYROFOAM™ brand insulation offers a sustainable solution long term thanks to its well known insulation properties, the high compressive strength and the moisture resistance, being key to the overall energy efficiency whilst helping to maintain a consistent temperature.
· DOWCAL™ 10 and DOWCAL™ 20G heat transfer fluids, which were used to create and maintain the arena’s high-performance ice surfaces. The heat transfer fluids are also being used in the air conditioning system to provide reliable, steady temperature control to maintain ice quality and allow better performance and safety for athletes. In both applications, the heat transfer fluids from Dow help control operating and maintenance costs. In addition, DOWCAL™ heat transfer fluids have a service life of up to 10 years, compared to five years for competitors’ products.
Several other solutions from Dow were incorporated throughout the Bolshoy Ice Dome, including:
· products used in concrete mixture for the flooring beneath the ice, contributing to greater workability during application;
· industrial coatings applied to the building’s metal structural components, providing protection from corrosion and enhanced durability;
· insulation and semiconductive compounds for cable installations to provide reliability and long service life; and polyurethane systems that were used in durable and comfortable seats, helping to improve the Olympic experience for spectators.