Our coating relies on a concept known as "stress localization" to create its remarkable anti-icing and anti-scaling behavior. Essentially, when solids deposit on our coating, its unique mechanical properties make those solids very "uncomfortable" on the surface. Visit our Technology page for more details.
We have used our coatings in a number of different applications across industries. We routinely modify our coating chemistries to match the specifications needed for different use cases. We have the ability to tune the ice repellency, durability, scratch resistance, look (color, gloss), and feel (tackiness) of the coating.
Coating durability is highly dependent on where the coating is applied and how it's used. We are one of the only (if not the only) anti-icing coatings to successfully pass an aerospace rain erosion test, which exposes the coating to very high wind speeds and high-energy impacts from water droplets. We have versions of the coating that can be walked on, that are not susceptible to UV degradation, and that are highly scratch resistant.
Our coatings are as safe as many other solvent-based paints available at local hardware stores. In liquid form, the coating is flammable and does contain solvents. Once dried, it doesn't pose any unique environmental risks. We even have versions of our coating that are food safe.
We have successfully applied our coating to many surfaces, including concrete, wood, many plastics and composites, various metals (stainless steel, aluminum, titanium), composites, as well as on top of existing polyurethane topcoats. Our coatings can be sprayed, brushed, or rolled on, and are compatible with most existing paint application techniques.
There are a variety of competing anti-icing coatings on the market, all of which rely either on superhydrophobicity or nanotextured surfaces in order to create their anti-icing behavior. The primary drawback with these other coatings is that they are incredibly thin by their very nature (typically less than 0.5 microns), making durability (especially against erosion and abrasion) a significant challenge. Our coating is applied like a normal paint, and is ~100 times thicker (50-150 microns), giving it a big advantage when it comes to durability. Furthermore, the anti-icing behavior of our coatings is not a "surface only" property, but rather is through the bulk of the material. This means that, as the coating is worn down, the freshly-exposed surface retains its anti-icing behavior. This is not the case with competing products.
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