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This Spray-On Compound Can Protect Buildings During Disasters And Explosions

This Spray-On Compound Can Protect Buildings During Disasters And Explosions
This Spray-On Compound Can Protect Buildings During Disasters And Explosions , A wall coated with Paxcon (left) vs an untreated wall (right) after a TNT detonation. Image Courtesy of Line-X
A wall coated with Paxcon (left) vs an untreated wall (right) after a TNT detonation. Image Courtesy of Line-X

A game-changing protective coating from Line-X has the power to make buildings virtually impenetrable. The spray creates a thin barrier which is watertight, abrasion and impact resistant and can withstand high temperatures; all of which combine to make it almost indestructible. The concoction deemed "Paxcon®," is stronger than steel, and can protect buildings from explosions or natural disasters such as earthquakes or storms.

Walls which are painted with Paxcon® can withstand explosions up to 20 times greater than naked walls, a claim which Line-X has substantiated with rigorous testing over the past 20 years. Researchers at New Mexico Institute’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) conducted the test in the video below, wherein two identical concrete walls are constructed; one with Paxcon® coating, and one without. The video shows the Paxcon® wall withstanding the blast, the wall "flexing" with the explosion but remaining intact.

The extreme differences in the post-explosion condition of the office furniture and safety dummies show the capability of Paxcon® to prevent fatalities if a building collapses or blasts. The dummy in the Paxcon®-protected structure remained unharmed, whilst everything in the non-treated room was torn to shreds. The TNT was detonated just 30 meters from the dual structures, a blast which would be impossible to mitigate with standardized building materials and methods.

The concoction, a compound of elastomeric polymers, has been outperforming comparable coatings of stainless steel and carbon fiber in similar circumstances. Besides buildings, it has been implemented as a protective coating on bulletproof vests, farming equipment, automobiles and even airplanes. Despite its impenetrability and chemical makeup, it has been proven to be so safe that you can drink potable water from a container coated with the substance.

Line-X has already proven it's effectiveness on wood, plasterboard, brick, steel, block, and it is currently available to consumers to apply on virtually any surface. It's versatility and ease of application could see the coating become an industry standard in construction and engineering, greatly improving the stability and security of the buildings around us.

For more proof, the video below shows the incredible amounts of force an object coated in Paxcon® can withstand. For more information, check out the Line-X website.

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Cite: Lauren Crockett. "This Spray-On Compound Can Protect Buildings During Disasters And Explosions " 21 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/791586/this-spray-on-compound-can-protect-buildings-during-disasters-and-explosions/> ISSN 0719-8884

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