Refractory Coating for Heat Resistant Portable Helipad

Period of Performance: 11/07/2012 - 04/30/2013


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Eltron Research, Inc.
4600 Nautilus Court South
Boulder, CO 80301
Principal Investigator


Eltron Research & Development, Inc (Eltron) has developed a refractory, flexible, inorganic paint that has shown excellent performance in protecting polymers from direct heat sources. In this project, Eltron will coat portable helipad mat materials such as polyethylene and polyester as well as other high temperature polymers and lightweight materials with refractory paint. Eltron s refractory, ceramic coating will be completely inorganic and highly refractory with a melting point of >1000?C which will improve the thermal resistance of mat materials to be able to withstand 650 ?F minimum for 20 minutes minimum. We ve developed a series of methods to provide excellent adhesion of our coatings to a variety of substrates including polymers, ceramics, and metals. Since Eltron s coating provides a thin, refractory layer, there should be little change in weight, density, or volume compared to uncoated mats. The refractory coating should provide no change in corrosion and weather resistance, installation, ground preparation, ground securing, or dust suppression compared to uncoated mats. The structural and thermal properties of refractory coated mat samples will be shown to be superior to uncoated samples while maintaining many of the puncture strength, tear resistance, and air permeability properties required for a portable helipad.