There are a range of applications for SPI Coatings in aviation that solve many issues. Some of these include use in:
- Airport Protection
- Electronics Protection
- Barrack walls/roofs
- Aircraft Hangars
- Trucks and Vehicles
- Supply Boxes and Storage Containers
- Engine room behind the cockpit
- Coat the engine manifold and tail pipe
- Test Results
Super Therm® Reduces your energy costs and improves comfort
The SPI Coatings system was used at Harry Reid International Airport Las Vegas, USA for heat load protection and improved passenger comfort for boarding bridges in the hot environment.
Las Vegas has an average summer temperature of 40°C and the steel bridges can get very, very hot with minimal air flow up to 90°C. The McCarran International Airport tested various competitive products and Super Therm® Ceramic Heat Block coating outperformed the closest competing product by more than 6°C (20°F) on the bridge roof. The McCarran International Airport tested various competitive products and Super Therm® outperformed the closest competing product by more than 6°C (20°F) on the bridge roof. Super Therm® has been tested to block 96.1% of the heat.
SPI Coatings Vice President of Business Development and Technology – Timothy Cappel states “Super Therm® does not absorb heat from the sun. That’s the benefit, If it doesn’t absorb the heat, then there is no heat transfer to the inside of the passenger walkways.”
Super Therm® was applied at the standard 10 mils (250 microns) dry thickness compared to 30 mils (0.75mm) of the closest competitor and surpassed them by 6°C (20°F) which allowed for more comfortable environment and more efficient air conditioning.
To test the performance of Super Therm®, the project team at the airport recorded temperatures inside the bridges before starting the preconditioned air units, and also measured the time needed to cool them. Doug McMahan, Managing Director for Facilities and Maintenance with the Clark County Department of Aviation, Las Vegas reports that coated bridges were cooler to begin with—
Enamo Grip 5000 clear was applied after the Super Therm® to produce a protective coating. Enamo Grip 5000 is a two component polyester high solids coating for protection against vapours, acid rain, and other harsh chemical environments while giving a car-like finish and UV protection. It can withstand Skydrol® hydraulic fluids used in aircraft when applied to flooring.
SUPER THERM® made a 40% reduction in the air conditioining costs. From the ENERGY UTILITIES companies, the air conditioning portion of a total energy bill for the Tuscon International Airport is 55% which when calculated on the 22% savings of the total relates to the 40% savings in pure air conditioning costs.
Super Therm® and US Air Force Renewable Energy Symposium
Super Therm® featured at US Air Force Renewable Energy Symposium June 28th & 29th, 2011 at the US Air Force conducted a Renewable Energy Symposium in Tucson, Arizona. The aim was to continue their leadership in developing and using renewable energy to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels.
Super Therm® Cool Roof Restoration System was featured as an Innovative Use of Ceramic Coatings to Alter the Approach to Building Heat Gain.
One day prior to the symposium and presentation Super Therm® was applied to the exterior of a typical metal building on the US Air Force base that did not have any traditional insulation or drop ceilings. The days preceding the conference and during the conference had ambient temperatures ranging from 43°C to 45°C (111° to 113°F).
Prior to the presentation and demonstration all air conditioning was shut off for 3 days in order to accurately determine the effectiveness of the Super Therm® in blocking the heat load onto the metal skin of the building.
After the classroom presentation nearly 200 attendees were bussed to the test site and were asked to touch the exterior side. They we impressed to see that the exterior temperature of the Super Therm® coated building was the same as the ambient temperature while the uncoated buildings were over 21°C (70°F) higher.
The doors to the building were then opened and the attendees walk in and around the building. With nearly 60 people in the building and the doors wide open in the desert heat the ambient temperature in the building was an astounding 29°C.
APC Strippable Base is an innovative solution for aircraft and specialised electronics that need protection. APC Strippable Base is a single component, water- based coating designed to be a strippable base for bare or painted metal, painted concrete, masonry, high-density plastic and wood. It offers a dual ability to adhere to a surface and to have a top-coat applied such as Super Therm®, while allowing itself to be sliced to break the surface tension and be removed months or years later. APC Strippable Base works great with Super Therm® to protect aircraft electronics while in storage.
Rust Grip® and Super Therm® to prevent rusting and block solar heat load on exterior. If located in mostly winter areas or cold regions, you can coat the interior with the Super Therm® to face the heat and hold it in. Super Therm® also deadens sound traveling between units.
Enamo Grip 5000 – two component polyester high solids coating for protection against vapours, acid rain, and other harsh chemical environments while giving a car-like finish and UV protection. Can withstand Skydrol® hydraulic fluids used in aircraft when applied to flooring. Available in clear and custom colours.
Aircraft Hangars and all other structures coated with or without Lead-Base Paint — Rust Grip® to encapsulate lead-base paint and rust and prevent the need for sandblasting. Apply Super Therm® to block solar heat. If located in mostly winter areas or cold regions, you can coat the interior with the Super Therm® to face the heat and hold it in.
Supply Boxes and Storage Containers
The Super Therm® blocks the initial HEAT LOAD which is the beginning of the heat transfer measurement. It is a fact, that if you reduce the amount of heat in the initial loading, you have reduced the amount of heat “available” for transfer into the shipping container.
Engine room behind the cockpit
Coat the interior side of the engine room with HPC™ and over coat with Super Therm® to seal and face the engine heat. This will eliminate the loading of this heat into the metal skin around the engine that transfers into the cockpit. Do this for the transmission box and other areas that produce heat that can affect the cockpit.
Coat the engine manifold and tail pipe
The entire tank frame and exposed working parts needs to have Rust Grip® applied as the primer to prevent rust development. Rust Grip® locks down directly over metal and/ or existing rust to a 6780 psi surface tensile strength to lock up and not allow air, moisture or chemicals to attack the metal that will form corrosion and result in maintenance problems.
This same application process is applied to all equipment from corrosion protection, then heat control.
Trucks and Vehicles
As in humvees, trucks and other vehicles, the transmission area sends a tremendous amount of heat into the cockpit. Coat the underside of the hump with HPC™ and overcoat with Super Therm® to face the heat source. This prevents the heat from migrating into the metal skin and it stops the transfer of this heat into the cockpit. Firewall from cockpit to engine is the same. Coat it to block heat transfer. See our transportation examples of Super Therm for heat management.
- Trucks, Reefers & Pantechs
- Aircraft and Airports
- RVs and Caravans
- Refrigerated Transport
- Trains & Railways
- Shipping Containers
Jet Engine Thruster Test (pdf – 250kb)
Jet Engine Reverse Thruster Test, (see graphs in pdf)
NASA Flammability Test (pdf – 262kb)
NASA Space Flight Center Testing of Super Therm®
Sound Proof Test (pdf – 531kb)
Sound Testing performed by Hot-Cold Air and Fire Control by Pat Saulson, PhD. Sound reduced on average 50% for interior walls and 23% for exterior walls