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New fire resistant coating system

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Tough new fire-resistant coating materials called HIPS (hybrid inorganic polymer system) are being developed by CSIRO researchers in Melbourne.

Source: Clariant Deutschland GmbH

Source: Clariant Deutschland GmbH

Tough new fire-resistant coating materials called HIPS (hybrid inorganic polymer system) are being developed by CSIRO researchers in Melbourne. HIPS coatings can withstand temperatures of over 1000°C compared to current commercial coatings used on building materials and structures which break down at between 150-250°C. These coatings contain an inorganic geopolymer resin, and a small component of polymer additives. Project leader, Dr Damian Fullston of CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, says CSIRO is seeking coatings manufacturers interested in partnering with CSIRO to customise the new system to meet product specifications for selected applications. The strength of HIPS materials is comparable with that of phenolic resins in heat-sensitive applications, but it retains higher strength at higher temperatures. HIPS formulations are tailored to be interchangeable with phenolic resins, and have higher fatigue resistance than normal phenolics. CSIRO also sees potential for the manufacture of fireproof wood composites and fire seals from the new technology, but has not fully explored these applications to date.

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