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Yes. It. Will. An AMAZING amount of time, energy and money is wasted in repair and remediation of equipment AFTER ice accumulates and causes damage. Even though it’s summer, it makes sense (and dollars and cents) to protect equipment with Ultra Ever Dry to PREVENT damage from ice accumulation this winter.
According to an independent scientific study (abstract and citation below), “Prevention of ice accretion and adhesion on surfaces is relevant to many applications, leading to improved operation safety, increased energy efficiency, and cost reduction. Development of passive nonicing coatings is highly desirable, since current antiicing strategies are energy and cost intensive. Superhydrophobicity has been proposed as a lead passive nonicing strategy.”
Parabolic Antennas, Satellite Dishes, Radomes, Steel Towers, Bridges and Cables can be protected from ice accretion using Ultra Ever Dry, a superhydrophobic and oleophobic coating. This microthin coating prevents corrosion and creates a barrier to moisture, but not to vapors and electrical currents, preventing corrosion, mold and mildew growth, mud buildup and – importantly – ice accretion.
Study Abstract and Citation:
Dynamics of Ice Nucleation on Water Repellent Surfaces:
Prevention of ice accretion and adhesion on surfaces is relevant to many applications, leading to improved operation safety, increased energy efficiency, and cost reduction. Development of passive nonicing coatings is highly desirable, since current antiicing strategies are energy and cost intensive. Superhydrophobicity has been proposed as a lead passive nonicing strategy, yet the exact mechanism of delayed icing on these surfaces is not clearly understood. In this work, we present an in-depth analysis of ice formation dynamics upon water droplet impact on surfaces with different wettabilities. We experimentally demonstrate that ice nucleation under low-humidity conditions can be delayed through control of surface chemistry and texture. Combining infrared (IR) thermometry and high-speed photography, we observe that the reduction of water–surface contact area on superhydrophobic surfaces plays a dual role in delaying nucleation: first by reducing heat transfer and second by reducing the probability of heterogeneous nucleation at the water–substrate interface.
Azar Alizadeh, Masako Yamada, Ri Li, Wen Shang, Shourya Ott , Sheng Zhong, Liehui Ge, Ali Dhinojwala, Ken R. Conway, Vaibhav Bahadur, A. Joseph Vinciquerra, Brian Stephens, and Margaret L. Blohm
Langmuir, 2012, 28 (6), pp 3180–3186
Publication Date (Web): January 11, 2012
Copyright © 2012 American Chemical Society
The unique roughness of superhydrophobic surface forces water droplets into spherical drops that minimize contact with the surface, rolling off easily and carrying away dirt and other debris, leaving the surface clean. Water drops roll off surfaces, even porous ones.
Illustration: a screen door treated with superhydrophobic coating. Even though the mesh is porous, water drops do not pass through due to the extreme water repellency of the superhydrophobic coating.
Copyright ©Flickr, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Do-it-yourself boaters may need professional help to convert to noncopper bottom paint. Beginning January 1, 2020, boaters in the state of Washington can scratch off their lists any paints that contain more than 0.5 percent copper. That’s because the state legislature outlawed further sale and use of copper-based antifouling paint in response to concerns about contamination in Washington waters. (Such paints contain 20- to 70-percent copper.)
Copper, the fouling control substance of choice for 200 years or so, first clad wooden sailing ships, and in the modern age was mixed into bottom coatings. The problem with copper as the key ingredient in those paints is that it works in antifouling paints by dissipating metal at the hull’s surface to kill organisms or prevent them from adhering.
Unfortunately, copper bottom paints also leach into the surrounding water, releasing the chemical cuprous oxide into the water column, which subsequently reaches levels toxic to marine organisms in the water and in bottom sediments. This is especially apparent in marina basins designed to prevent a lot of wave action, as they have limited water circulation and low flushing rates. Unintentional build-up of copper in the water column is a side effect of antifouling paint that can lead to toxic effects on larval development of marine organisms.
In the past, the inclination has been to move to the next biocide but that approach has proven to cause similar problems down the line. It may be less expensive in the long run to move directly to non-biocides, which are initially more expensive to apply.
With most soft non-biocides, there is added maintenance for most soft non-biocides. The softness of the coating is makes it effective in keeping barnacles from attaching BUT if your vessel hits anything, the coating scrapes easily. However, hard, slick, non-biocide paints are effective on commercial vessels that spend far more hours underway and at the higher speed needed to wash off growth.
With either type of product, a chief considerations in switching to biocide-free noncopper coatings is careful hull preparation. For most products that means stripping or sanding off old paint. Then applying two to three different coating products which must be sprayed, not rolled on – which usually requires calling on a professional sprayer.
The good news is that boat owners can clean and maintain non-biocides easily, lowering maintenance costs below the levels of copper-bottom paints AND reducing fuel costs at the same time. If you’re in the market for avoiding fines and switching to the mandated NONCOPPER COATINGS, you may want to hear about DUPLEX, by Fuji.
FUJIFILM Hunt Smart Surfaces, LLC now offers its DUPLEX fouling release system technology as an effective and environmentally friendly alternative. The DUPLEX solution is a U.S. Navy patented non-toxic system that causes marine organisms to release from it’s silicone-based coated surface. DUPLEX was specifically formulated for use on marine vessels and has proved effective to reduce fuel and maintenance costs. The longevity of the DUPLEX system is 5 years or greater depending on operational tempo. The coating has proven to provide vessels with optimal hydrodynamic efficiency throughout the life of the coating.
Not all fouling release technologies are created equal. Conventional systems can be vulnerable to wear and tear from debris in water or from contact with other structures. The DUPLEX system is proven to be more durable than other fouling release coatings, providing steady long-term performance. In addition, the DUPLEX Tie Coat formula incorporates nano technology for unique synergy of four layers – two epoxy anti-corrosion layers and a tough protective silicone topcoat, all of which are effectively interlocked by a unique thermoplastic elastomeric tie coat layer that forms a molecular covalent bond. The synergy among the four coats creates superior adhesion. Specific Dry Film Thickness (DFT) of the system layers are as follows:
- One layer of anti-corrosive Epoxy (6 mils DFT)
- One layer of anti-corrosive Epoxy (6 mils DFT)
- One layer of Tie Coat (6 mils DFT)
- One layer of Surface Coat (6 mils DFT), which incorporates our proprietary Silicone Oil
This patented solution unites durability, longevity, clean-ability, and cost-effectiveness in a single product. DUPLEX offers:
- Non-toxic, environmentally friendly
- Maintenance savings
- Reduced Fuel Consumption
- Superior release
- Efficient release range
- Easy to apply
Want more information? Contact Maxx Sales (www.maxxsale.com) 360-335-3662.
It’s a wet, wild showdown!
Tune in to the National Geographic Channel onFriday, May 2nd at 9:00 PM EST to see their new program, Showdown of the Unbeatables. Where each week “the very best American companies do battle with their prize products”.
National Geographic production team last year began shooting preliminary footage of Ultra Ever Dry being put through some very interesting tests. Then a few weeks later came the big showdown against a firefighting water cannon capable of pumping out 16,000 gallons per minute!
Show airs Friday, May 2! Check your local listing for the most accurate times.
ULTRA EVER DRY IN THE NEWS!
High-tech self-cleaning paint coming to a car near you soon?
SUMMARY: Engineers at Nissan Technical Centre Europe have applied Ultra Ever-Dry super-hydrophobic and oleophobic (it repels water and oil) coating loaded paint to a Nissan Versa Note, transforming it into what the company claims is the world’s first self-cleaning car.
Ultra-Ever Dry allows a thin layer of air to separate the painted surface from the rest of the environment, making it harder for dirt to stick.
Nissan will test the self-cleaning Note in Europe, and it views the technology as a possible aftermarket option.
ULTRA EVER-DRY PROTECTS CANVAS AND TEXTILES
UV resistant Ultra Ever-Dry liquid-proofs fabric items, keeping them dry and safe from: water, oil, mold, mildew, bird droppings, stains and grommet corrosion. That is a fact. Want to see how Ultra Ever-Dry stacks up against a leading competitor?
How does this little experiment translate to use in the real world?
Ultra Ever-Dry protects and extends the service life of canvas, vinyl and poly-fabric Items like:
- Awnings and umbrellas
- Canopies and tents
- Sails, boat covers and biminis
- Vehicle and trailer covers
- Marine parts and accessories
Why protect awnings and covers? Canvas awnings and covers are made to protect other, more costly investments. Awnings and covers do a good job until they succumb to UV-caused deterioration, water-related damage, stains, bird bombs and corrosion on metal fittings and frames. But they can be expensive to replace, and require maintenance on a regular basis to keep them in working order. Workers must remove, inspect, clean, repair, re-seal and re-install, which takes considerable time and labor resources. Save time, energy and expense. Extend the life of canvas items, metal fittings and frames with Ultra Ever-Dry.
Using Ultra Ever-Dry to Protect Marine Canvas
Waterproof covers and awnings are widely used to protect items exposed to the elements. In the Marine environment, this is doubly important, due to the concentration of agents ready to attack the surfaces of canvas covers and equipment. Use Ultra Ever-Dry to protect canvas (and other) surfaces from corrosion, bird waste, sun and salt brine and water damage, so those covers can do their job.
The majority of boat covers for sail boats are constructed with acrylic fabric (with the best known brand being Sunbrella. There are other manufacturers and the term Sunbrella has become generic like Kleenex). Sunbrella is great because it holds up well with care and is fairly fade proof, it holds its shape well and it is breathable. It is water resistant but not waterproof. A waterproof product frequently used for Marine covers is called Stamoid, which is a vinyl coated woven polyester. It is flexible but does not breathe so it is prone to mildew.
Ultra Ever-Dry addresses all of these deficiencies, so you don’t have to choose between breathability and waterproofing. Ultra Ever-Dry repels liquids completely but allows fabric to dry when air passes through it. Applying Ultra Ever-Dry makes any type of fabric waterproof while still retaining its breathability because the proprietary nanotechnology that makes Ultra Ever-Dry so amazingly superhydrophobic also allows gas molecules to pass freely, while blocking and repelling water droplets.
Bonus feature: Ultra Ever-Dry is not affected by extreme heat or freezing cold. In fact, because it sheds water so completely, Ultra Ever-Dry prevents ice build-up over the winter months when many boats remain idle.
Another property of Ultra Ever-Dry that makes it a great fit for fabrics of this type is its flexibility. Unlike other waterproof coatings, Ultra Ever-Dry is not brittle. This makes it ideal for bridging tiny gaps and creating a waterproof seal when sprayed on seams.