Quartzene is a precipitated amorphous aerogel-like silicate material which is used to bring or enhance special functionality to various materials and products. Quartzene is manufactured in a patented waterborne process using a commodity type of silica source, and opens up a wider use than classic aerogels due to its better cost performance.
Using Quartzene as an Additive for Paint and Coatings – Performance Benefits
Coatings are normally applied to beautify and protect. Most surfaces around us are coated in one way or another, and these surface coatings can be formulated with additives to provide many useful functions and performance benefits. Quartzene is a performance additive for paint and coatings. By using Quartzene in your paint and coating products you can bring or improve several key characteristics.
Adding Quartzene to your paint and coatings brings:
- Thermal insulation
- Improved fire resistance
- Reduced weight
- Improved opacity
- Reduced gloss
- Faster drying
- Improved printability
Quartzene Grades Recommended for Coatings
Svenska Aerogel manufactures different grades of Quartzene that are optimized for specific markets and needs. The Z1 (hydrophilic) and Z1H1 (hydrophobic) have been the standard grades for thermal insulation applications, and now two newer grades have been introduced – Z2TP (hydrophilic) and Z2H1TP (hydrophobic). The Z2TP and Z2H1TP grades are manufactured using a new drying technique that allows for greater control of particle size.
Features of Z2TP and Z2H1TP:
- Larger particles > easier to incorporate
- Less influence on viscosity > allows higher addition level
- Slightly higher density
- Thermal conductivity in the same range
Quartzene Technical Information
Svenska Aerogel has produced a Technical Bulletin featuring a breakdown of Quartzene grades and properties, examples of use for thermal insulation, and a review of Quartzene performance in various applications.
Performance areas reviewed include:
- Thermal conductivity
- Opacity and brightness
- Matting effect
- Surface character and resistance
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