NuSil Technology, a manufacturer of silicone-based materials for the aerospace, aircraft, electronics and photonics industries, has added four new products to its line of ice-phobic coatings.
Ice build-up can cause major safety concerns, serious problems across many industries, and subsequently great economic impact. Ice-phobic coatings are commonly used on aircraft wings, control surfaces, and engines.
Current solutions, such as heating systems and chemical de-icing, can be costly and must be used after each exposure, offering only short-term protection, Nusil officials said, adding chemical de-icing is hazardous to the environment and some chemicals have been banned. The EPA recently increased airport restrictions regarding how much glycol, a chemical commonly sprayed on aircraft to remove ice, must be captured in order to reduce exposure to the environment.
Two of the new additions are R-3975 and R-3930 — one-part, fluorosilicone, RTV silicone elastomers for coating, sealing and bonding applications requiring solvent and fuel resistance against fuels such as JP8 and DiEGME. In addition, R-1009 and R-1082 are similar one-part, RTV silicone elastomers for use in ice-phobic applications not requiring fuel or solvent resistance, offering two different cure chemistries: oxime and acetoxy.
For more information: Nusil.com or 805-684-8780.