GLASFLAKE® creates a highly tortuous barrier function and is used as an additive in protective coatings application for offshore coastal facilities and bridges. It is also effective in preventing warping of precision plastic or composite parts and improving dimensional accuracy.
GLASFLAKE® is a scale-like glass particle having average thicknesses of between 1 to 7µm. Average diameter ranges between 10 to 4,000µm. Because it mainly used in the industrial applications, GLASFLAKE® with C glass composition is used in the protective coating and lining areas as a highly-effective anticorrosion additive material. GLASFLAKE® with E glass composition is effective in preventing warpage and improving dimensional accuracy for precision engineered plastic parts.
C glass contains alkaline components, equipped to resist highly-acidic environments. E glass contains very little alkaline component, providing a stable additive having a high level of electrical insulation in the finished compound.
C GLASFLAKE® is used in the anticorrosion paint with taking advantage of excellent acid resistance. E GLASFLAKE® is used as reinforcing additive to resin due to little alkali content and electrical insulation.
SEM images below represent REF-160 (ave thickness : approx 5µm, ave diameter approx 160µm)
* photo shows typical example, showing thickness and diameter have certain distribution.
Effects of GLASFLAKE® (on water vapor permeability)
If water vapor permeability is measured when 30% GLASFLAKE® is added to vinyl ester resin, barrier effect is stronger with larger grain sizes (higher aspect ratio).
Products with the thickness of 2µm have a higher aspect ratio and a higher number of GLASFLAKE® sheets added; thus, its effect is stronger.
Longer service life of lining coating
Oriented GLASFLAKE® forms a barrier, preventing infiltration of water vapor and chemical substances. During the infiltration process, GLASFLAKE® creates an obstacle to increase the length of the infiltration path, delaying their reach to the substrate. It contributes to longer service life of the lining layer.
GLASFLAKE® prevents cracking and peeling of the lining layer and improves abrasion resistance.
C GLASFLAKE® product line up
Ｃ GLASFLAKE® products are produced with average thickness ２µm and 5µm. For products with thickness 2µm, average particle size is 300µm. For thickness 5µm, average partcle size 15µm, 160µm, and 600µm are available.
Surface treatment improves adhesion to resin, contributing to longer service life of paints and lining.
Oil absorption of GLASFLAKE®
Results of oil absorption measurement using linseed oil
Test Method : JIS : K 5101-13-1 : 2004
In the case of glass flakes, the particle size is defined as the long side of the glass in plate form.
The ratio is obtained by dividing particle size by the thickness of the glass flakes, and so this refers to the particle size/thickness.
The property is related to prevent or delay ingression of substances (such as water and water vapor) from coating surface to substrate.
Thick coating/treatment covers outside or inside surface of object with substance which can settle on the object.
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