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Low-Emissivity Topcoats for the Reduction of Thermal Infrared Emissions from Military Platforms

By Lance C. Kelly, Defence Science & Technology Group Infrared-(IR) based weaponry and surveillance systems utilizing the short-wave, mid-wave, and long-wave IR emissions produced by ambient to high-temperature surfaces are an existing and continually evolving threat to military platforms. The survivability and sustainability of aircraft, helicopters, ships, and land vehicles depend on adequate protection against […]

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Coating Solutions Enabling Advanced Automotive Technologies

By Cynthia Challener, CoatingsTech Contributing Writer The automotive industry is undergoing a significant transformation. Conventional internal combustion engines (ICEs) are being replaced by batteries in electric vehicles (EVs), and drivers will ultimately become passengers in autonomous vehicles (AVs). Coatings have an important role to play in making these new technologies possible. Beyond their traditional jobs […]

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Chinese Government Regulations Driving Adoption of Low-VOC Coatings

Concerns over pollution in China have been increasing over the past decade. Significant attention to the problem was raised during the 2008 summer Olympics, which were held in the country. In response, the Chinese government in recent years has passed legislation mandating the reduction of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from manufacturing plants, including those […]

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Fine-Tuning Coating Surface Control Through the Use Of Modified Siloxanes

By Ingrid K. Meier, Fadia Namous, and  K. Michael Peck, Evonik Corporation and Roger Reinartz, Evonik Resource Efficiency GmbH Siloxane-based additives are critical tools in coating applications because their structures can be varied to provide a broad range of performance benefits in many types of formulations and chemistries. Surfactants and defoamers are some of the more […]

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New Product Blueprinting: How to Avoid Commercial Risk in New Product Development

By Dan Adams, The AIM Institute Technologists in the coatings industry work hard to bring high-value innovation to their customers. Unfortunately, many of their technical successes fail for commercial reasons. In the future, this will change. If you make coatings for other companies—or ingredients for coatings producers—your business-to-business (B2B) customers can help you eliminate most […]

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Liquid Color Measurement: A New Approach for Color Testing

By Ralph Jan Wörheide, ORONTEC Introduction When it comes to color testing, there are many precise instruments, color correction software packages, automated spray machines, etc., in the marketplace. Colorimetry is a science of great importance to the paint industry, especially in meeting the high-quality standards of customers. However, the high scientific level and the precision […]

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Silyl-Containing Polyurethanes that Selectively Disassemble with Fluoride Salts

By Erick B. Iezzi, Eugene Camerino, Grant C. Daniels, and James H. Wynne, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory Crosslinked networks, such as two-component polyurethanes, are used for numerous commercial applications because of their unique mechanical, thermal, and hydrocarbon resistant properties. However, the covalently bonded linkages in these materials are irreversible, which renders them difficult to degrade […]

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Waterborne Coating Technologies Steadily Advance Despite Challenges

By Cynthia Challener, CoatingsTech Contributing Writer The global waterborne coatings market was valued at $73.19 billion in 2017 and predicted to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 5.0% from 2018 to 2026, according to Transparency Market Research. The overall rising interest in sustainability, which manifests in the form of stricter environmental regulations and […]

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