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ACM's SI-TUFF™ Ceramic Nanotube Additive Helps Toughen Protective Coatings

Published on 2012-12-04. Author : SpecialChem

SI-TUFF™ is a diamond-like ceramic nanotube used to toughen protective coatings. It improves toughness, abrasion and scratch resistance, thermal conductivity, and temperature stability. Its modulus is so high that individual nanotubes are unbreakable. Because it is also inert, SI-TUFF™ can be used to toughen products exposed to the most demanding physical and chemical environments.

SI-TUFF™ is processed using a special mechanical means to ensure uniform disperson. Incorporating SI-TUFF™ into your coating system is easy - no modifications to your existing process are required.

Compatible with all coating chemistries

Compatible with all polymer chemistries, thermosets and thermoplastics. Applications include fluoropolymers, epoxies, novolacs, urethanes, silicones, PPS, PEEK, polyimides, and others.

Compatible with all application methods

Compatible with water-based, solvent-based, and powder coatings. It is compatible with virtually all application methods, including spray-applied, roll-applied, and dip-saturated.

Available in the form you need

Getting a good dispersion is critical to your success. They can provide SI-TUFF™ as an easily dispersed dry powder, and provide the tips and tricks needed for good dispersions. Or, like most of our customers prefer, we will sweat the details and premix the product for you. SI-TUFF™ can be delivered as an aqueous dispersion or in custom premixes with selected solvents and oligomers.

Functionalized or non-functionalized

SI-TUFF™ is offered in both functionalized and non-functionalized forms. The functionalized whiskers have the ability to chemically lock into the polymer matrix.

About Advanced Composite Materials

ACM is a materials company. They specialize in silicon carbide whiskers, which are extremely tough, heat resistant, inert materials. They are used to reinforce and toughen ceramics and polymers. They modify and engineer their silicon carbide whiskers for a range of applications. They supply them in various forms depending on the application required.

Source: Advanced Composite Materials

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