LineX coating saving a wall from a 200lb TNT explosion [Image Source: LineX]
A unique spray coating developed by LineX has the incredible capacity to enable almost everything to become seemingly indestructible!
LineX is an industry leader in tough materials and has been for the last 20 years. Their newest line of virtually indestructible spray on coatings is no exception. The spray is an amazing chemical concoction that binds onto almost any material, adding another layer of protection and toughness. The coating is rated as safe for use in potable water containers, use around animals, and many, many other applications.
The coating is thin, yet provides an impeccable shield. Below you can see the effectiveness of the coating in action and the difference it makes.
Implementing a thin coating of a variant of LineX is enough to allow some flexion of a wall while retaining its strength. The experiment was set up with two identical concrete structures built side by side. One was coated with Paxon, the other was left untreated. The setting was completed with an office type setup with a desk and a dummy- and 200lb equivalent of TNT. The blast was set off 30-feet away from the structures. The results are incredible.
“The dummy in the PAXCON protected room was unscathed,”
Says Alan Perryman, EMRTC’s Research Engineer and Test Specialist. He continues,
“A little dust kicked up, and the walls flexed and pounded like drums, but everything held up just fine. We at EMRTC are very impressed with the way the PAXCON protected room held up.”
Miraculously, the coating retained the wall, preventing it from major damage from the explosion. The coating would likely have prevented a fatal explosion, despite the magnitude of the blast. The company is the first and only of 27 other tested elastomeric polymers to pass all of the Air Force Laboratory Force Protection Branch bomb tests. The U.S. government is now in the works of integrating the technology across a large array of applications, including military vehicles to bomb-proof vests, and potentially even on aircraft.
However, a question remains at large; Just how tough is it?
According to their web page, the coating can withstand tensile strengths up to 6,600 PSI. It can also resist tearing up to and exceeding 780 lbs per inch. Without a doubt, LineX is some tough stuff. The coating is also proven to be watertight, abrasion and impact resistant, and even fire resistant. During another test, the company was able to prove their product can easily outperform stainless steel and carbon fiber covers.
For ‘science’, here is another video depicting the immense strength the coating holds, preventing a water bottle from exploding.
Future applications of LineX could help protect buildings from natural disasters and even from devastating explosions. Planes could have an extra barrier of protection to similarly resist blasts. The applications are endless and could potentially save many lives. It is speculated that the company has created the world’s strongest object, resistant to nearly any force. The object is rumored to be a 1990 Nokia coated with the spray. However, the claim remains uncertain at this time.
The coating is currently available to consumers to apply on virtually any surface. It can be applied to truck beds to provide lifetime guaranteed protection from scuffs, as well as farming equipment to prevent premature wear. The government is also making use of the technology by coating humvees and bullet-proof vests to add another layer of protection. Future developments could see the coating become an industry standard in construction and engineering.
If you are interested in reading more about the coating you can check out the LineX website to learn more or potentially suggest an extreme experiment for the team to test out the product- for ‘science’, no doubt.
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