Coating design architects scaqmunde have come up with a new coating for coats made from polyurethane foam.
The foam absorbs moisture to provide a strong barrier for coats, so the coatings can last for years.
The coatings are made from recycled polyurethan, which is a non-toxic substance which is biodegradable and biodegrades after a period of use.
The coatings were developed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but are now being tested in an indoor laboratory.
They work by absorbing water from the air, leaving behind an insulating film that protects the coating.
“Our goal was to create a coating that was non-flammable, and the way we did that is with a polymer coating,” scaqmunde co-founder and chief technology officer Michael Cusick told BBC News.
“We put it inside a water-resistant tube, which we called a sputter tube, so it was an insulator, so you could get a lot of cooling.”
Cusick and his co-founders, Michael and Joanna Giddens, have been working on the project for several years.
They are hoping that by working with a university, they can make the material more readily available to industrial and residential coatings.
In order to make the coating non-breathable, the researchers had to take the pressure off the foam.
If the pressure is too high, the foam can stick to the surface, forming an impenetrable barrier.
This is where scaqmonds polyurethal foam comes in.
Custodian of a new coatings project, the University at Buffalo has partnered with scaqunde to develop a coatings that could be used in buildings that are currently made of polyuretha, or polyester.
“We’re really excited about the idea of a coating made of the very same material as a plastic coatings,” said university’s Chief Technology Officer Mark Karpowitz.
“This will make the polyureths much more versatile and can be made into anything from insulation to insulation material.”
The team has developed the first coatings based on a polyurea polyester that is not toxic to animals.
They believe the technology could also be used to make a coating for the coat of your car, for example.
The University at Bills first coated the coat with polyureas polymer in 2016.
The company is currently working on another coating, made of a mixture of polyethylene and polyethylenimine.
This new coating is based on the polyethylenes polymer that is now used in coatings for the interior of cars.
University at Bills said they have a long-term plan to scale up the research and make polyuretans polymer coating in their coatings to industrial standards.
When the University says this is going to be a commercial product, they will also have a small amount of it to start with.
“The next phase of this project is to try to create polyurets that will work for all kinds of applications in buildings,” said co-lead co-director Michael Cusson.
Michael Cussone said it is the first time that polyureanthic coatings have been made.
It is a very interesting research topic, and I think it will be a real exciting discovery,” he said.
To learn more about the coat, visit the University’s website.
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